PREMIER LEAGUE stars haven’t been drug examined for THREE MONTHS.
However anti-doping officers are set to massively ramp up testing subsequent week forward of the restart.
Though golf equipment resumed coaching weeks in the past, testers haven’t been seen at any coaching grounds for spot checks to trace both performance-enhancing or leisure medication.
As a substitute, all focus at grounds has been on exams for Covid-19.
Doubtlessly, throughout the lockdown, some gamers might have used leisure medication and never been examined.
Regardless that this time was successfully out of competitors, that might nonetheless have been breaking guidelines.
Subsequent week, UK Anti-Doping are set to present an replace of their drug-testing procedures within the Premier League, together with the Championship and golf equipment within the League One and League Two play-offs.
The final match earlier than the league was suspended — the place drug testers had been current — was Leicester’s 4-Zero win over Aston Villa on March 9.
When the soccer was stopped, the anti-doping exams on gamers had been scaled down — although not formally known as off.
Footballers nonetheless needed to give their areas, notably in the event that they went dwelling to a different nation.
And if given a particular tip-off, testers had been nonetheless prepared and keen to go to any sportsperson’s dwelling whereas carrying PPE.
However for apparent causes, the random exams stopped.
And regardless that some gamers have been again in coaching for over a month, the testing has but to renew as regular — though this can now change.
One supply informed SunSport: “We thought we’d have seen some testers flip up at coaching just lately however not but.”
After the soccer was suspended, UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead stated: “We’re aware of the impact that the Covid-19 virus is having on society, sport and the broader sporting neighborhood, each right here within the UK and globally.
“With the cancellation of sporting occasions and up to date UK Authorities recommendation in regards to the management of the virus, we’ve reviewed our operational exercise and are saying a major discount in our testing programme.
“It is a troublesome determination and one which has not been taken flippantly.
“Our precedence is the well being and welfare of athletes, and our personal workers and doping management officers.
“As an organisation, our ongoing duty stays to guard clear sport, however we should give priority to well being and welfare and act responsibly in step with authorities recommendation throughout this unprecedented time.
“We’ll proceed to course of intelligence and can act on that data.
“If anybody has data that might be of curiosity to UKAD and its investigations on any matter, please do contact us as typical.”