China's anti-doping agency stops testing due to coronavirus

LAUSANNE: China's state anti-doping agency temporarily suspended the tests on Monday less than six months before the Tokyo Olympics in response to the coronavirus epidemic, the International Testing Agency He told AFP.

The situation is cautious so as not to endanger athletes or test officials and, although it recognizes the importance of anti-doping activities, the priorities are to maintain public health for all, ITA said.

The 2020 Olympic Games begin on July 24.

The Chinese agency ( China ) It will gradually resume testing as soon as the situation improves, ITA said, adding that it was examining whether private providers could perform tests.

We are still six months away from the Tokyo games, an ITA spokeswoman said. In fact, this is likely to have an impact on test missions in China and solutions will have to be found.

Chinese authorities on Monday reported 57 new deaths from the virus, counting more than 360 since the virus was detected late last year in the central city of Wuhan, where it is believed that it jumped from the animals.

The virus has spread to more than 24 countries.

China carries out some 15,000 anti-doping tests a year, according to its website.

In 2017, it conducted more than 10,000 tests, the third most performed by any national agency behind Germany and the United Kingdom, the World Anti-Doping Agency report.

China is a sports power both in competition and as host.

He finished third in gold medals and second in total medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and has great ambitions for the Tokyo Games.

He has had doping problems.

Swimmer Sun yang , a three-time Olympic champion who was suspended for three months in 2014 for doping, faces a second ban, for destroying his sample with a hammer after a doping control. The Court of Sports Arbitration is expected to issue a verdict soon.

A string of sports events in China have been canceled due to the coronavirus.

All domestic football has been suspended and among the events either cancelled or postponed are the World Indoor athletics championships, Tokyo Olympics boxing and women's basketball qualifiers and cycling's Tour of Hainan.

The China Open Billiards, Badminton of China Masters and the Golf are also canceled LPGA Blue Bay tournament. The Chinese Formula E Grand Prix on March 21 was suspended on Sunday.

The Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 is also at risk, and the FIA ‚Äč‚Äčannounced last Thursday that it was monitoring the evolution of the situation.

The ITA spokeswoman said that for events outside China, the planned test regimes would not change.

We will continue to execute the program we have prepared, even if the competitions are carried out in other places.