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World Sports Advocate
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Volume: 15 Issue: 7
(July 2017)

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Hair testing for illicit drug use

Hair strand testing provides a useful additional tool in identifying the misuse of illicit drugs in sport. It may also provide greater certainty in anti-doping testing as it provides a longer window of detection than blood and urine tests. The world of sports governance will find useful guidance in the application of hair strand test results from the Family Court of England and Wales. In the arena of child protection, these courts routinely order scientific testing of biological material of parents with a history of substance misuse. Sporting authorities would benefit from the learning established in these court disputes, particularly as to interpretation of scientific results, as Mark Twomey QC, Barrister at Coram Chambers, explains.

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