Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Japan Sports Agency Final Report Finds Serious Shortage of Qualified Anti-Doping Personnel in Japan

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2016/11/09/kiji/K20161109013687370.html

translated by Brett Larner

On Nov. 8 the Japan Sports Agency issued the final report of a special investigative team.  The report revealed a serious shortage of anti-doping personnel within Japan who would be capable of performing the large volume of testing expected at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and pointed out the urgent need for training additional personnel.  The report also articulated the need for legislation governing the collection of information used to detect doping violations.  The bipartisan Sports Parliamentary Association will consider related bills and plans to submit them in an ordinary session of the Diet next year.

Translator's note: A possibly related Japanese state media story from earlier this year.

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