October 24, 2003
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WADA Encourages Testing Stored Samples for THG

Montreal, October 24, 2003 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that it has written to all international sports federations (IFs) and all national anti-doping agencies (NADOs), encouraging them to analyze currently stored samples for the presence of tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).


WADA sent to all IFs and NADOs a letter asking them to review their internal protocols and processes to determine whether stored samples can be analyzed for this substance. The Agency also offered to assist the organizations in any way possible with this matter.

“A proactive approach in this matter is crucial,” said David Howman, WADA’s director general, in the letter. “It not only sends a message to athletes that cheating will not be tolerated, but also reassures the general public that definite steps are being taken to stamp out the scourge of doping in sport.”

Some IFs and NADOs, including the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), have already announced they will undertake testing of stored samples.

Click here to download a copy of the letter

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