The Shanghai 2011 Organizing Committee has revealed a micron of their doping-control procedures for the upcoming World Championship meet, according to Chinese news agencies.
Urine samples will be taken by a staff of 30 FINA-certified officials and flown immediately to Beijing for testing at the General Administration of Sport of China lab. Negative results, of which we hope there will be many, will be reported within 24 hours, and negative results will be transmitted to FINA within 48 hours.
While we hope that, the outstanding Brazilian cases notwithstanding, that the drug testing stations will not be a main focal point of the meet (if everyone’s clean, this should be the last time we talk about them), it’s positive for the sport that this turnaround time will be so quick. There question will be if FINA will remove from competition any athletes who return a positive test, or if they will choose to negate the results after-the-fact pending an investigation. History would indicate the latter.