Olympians chief suggests micro-chipping athletes to catch all dopers

Posted on: October 11th, 2017

Should athletes be micro-chipped to prevent doping?

Doping athletes will soon have technology that tells them the exact moment their blood has normalised and will pass a test. Is it time for a pre-emptive strike with the micro-chipping of all top athletes?


Should athletes be micro-chipped to prevent doping?


The World Olympians Association has suggested the idea of micro-chipping athletes on drug testing programmes to prevent them from doping.

Such a move would mean any drug that was taken at any time was detected.

Mike Miller, the World Olympians Association chief executive, has made the suggestion. And he said the weakness of the current testing system was that all it did was confirm the absence of performance enhancers at the moment the sample was taken from an athlete.

He said technology was coming that would allow dopers know the exact moment their blood had normalised enough to pass a test.

And he effectively suggested if such technology was going to be deployed by doping athletes against testers; then the testing system had to respond in kind.

“Some people say we shouldn’t do this to people,” Miller said.

“Well, we’re a nation of dog lovers; we’re prepared to chip our dogs. And it doesn’t seem to harm them. So why aren’t we prepared to chip ourselves?”

He was addressing an anti-doping audience at a Westminster forum on integrity in sport.

“I’m just throwing the idea out there,” he continued. “I’m gauging reaction from people. But we do need to think of new ways to protect clean sport.

“Some people say it’s an invasion of privacy. Well, sport is a club and people don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to, if they can’t follow the rules.

“Microchips get over the issue of whether the technology can be manipulated because they have no control over the device.

“The problem with the current anti-doping system is that all it says is that at a precise moment in time there are no banned substances.

“But we need a system which says you are illegal substance-free at all times and if there are changes in markers they will be detected.”