Tokyo 2020 Olympics could use ‘breakthrough’ test developed at University of Brighton

A new doping test developed at the University of Brighton’s Anti-Doping Research lab in Eastbourne could be introduced to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach made the announcement earlier this month.

It’s set to be the first doping test that looks at gene markers in the blood to identify whether an athlete has taken a banned substance – which can be spotted weeks after the drugs have been taken.

The university’s Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, Yannis Pitsiladis, said he’s ‘delighted’ at the prospect.

He said:

“I have been dreaming of this moment for so long and mostly believing this would not happen in my lifetime.

“The timing of this development has the potential to be the giant leap for clean sport we have all been dreaming of.

“Those who are doping or supporting cheating should take note, and I suspect there will be plenty of disturbed sleep.”

More than £540,000 was awarded to research the innovative test, mostly from the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Professor Pitsiladis has been working on the test since 2006.

If the test isn’t ready in time, the IOC will store samples which can be tested later.