THERE are rising fears of a scarcity in dope take a look at bottles all over the world after the corporate making them withdrew their product over safety considerations.
Swiss firm Berlinger have set the gold normal for the manufacturing of specifically designed bottles which drug testers use in sport throughout the globe.
However they’ve determined to drag out of the market after questions have been raised over the supposedly fail-safe seals which ought to make them tamper proof.
The largest considerations have been raised when it grew to become clear Russian authorities had developed a option to crack the unique Bereg Package bottles with out detection.
As a part of their state-sponsored marketing campaign to beat anti-doping measures, the Russian secret service managed to discover a option to open the seals and change the urine samples given by athletes.
It was solely when a whistleblower spoke out concerning the follow that investigators re-examined outdated bottles and noticed minuscule indicators that they had been tampered with.
In an try to beat this rip-off, Berlinger tried to provide you with a brand new mannequin – the Bereg Package Geneva – which had been because of be rolled out for the Winter Olympics final month.
Although nonetheless preserving a glass bottle, that they had include a plastic thread which might snap if it was tampered with, residing a transparent signal of foul play.
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However throughout testing, there have been points reported with the way in which the bottle opened when frozen – main to very large considerations among the many anti-doping group.
Now Berlinger have made the shock determination to withdraw the product utterly, leaving an enormous scarcity within the variety of bottles obtainable globally within the battle towards using medicine in sport.
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British company Versapak have said they will try to make up for the shortfall by increasing production of their own bottles – although there were understood to be concerns over the security of those.
The World-Anti Doping Authority said: “WADA will continue gathering information from Berlinger and its customers in order to propose solutions that will maintain the integrity of the doping control process.
“In parallel, WADA is actively exploring alternative sources of sample collection kits and, to that end, is also collaborating with the iNADO and a number of Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs).
“Earlier today, WADA wrote to all ADOs, accredited laboratories and sample collection agencies, including the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, to update them on the situation and to provide detailed guidance to secure the integrity of the doping control process.
“WADA wishes to reassure athletes, anti-doping organizations and other stakeholders that it remains resolutely committed to following up with Berlinger and affected stakeholders as necessary until the matter is resolved and that it will keep stakeholders updated along the way.
“It should be noted that manufacturers of security bottles, such as Berlinger, are responsible for the development, testing, distribution and monitoring of the equipment they produce and provide to their customers.
“It is up to each ADO to decide which sample collection equipment it uses provided it meets the requirements of Article 6.3.4 of WADA’s International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI).”