Olympic lab opens

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For those athletes thinking of using banned substances at this summers Olympic games…they might want think again.

The anti-doping laboratory for the Games began operations this week in Harlow Essex and analysts have warned they will be testing more athletes than ever before.

Kerry O’Callaghan, Head of Laboratory service providers GlaxoSmithKline said: ‘‘It’s critical to support the anti-doping efforts of the Olympic and Paralympic Games because what we’re doing is helping to support the integrity of the Games.
‘‘We’ll be performing over 6000 in just a 6 week period. It’s a really different operation that requires us to be super-fast and super-sensitive.

The lab is the size of seven tennis courts and will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 1,000 staff will work within the Anti-Doping process while a team of more than 150 scientists will carry out the testing as organisers continue the worldwide fight against doping in sport.