Kazakhstan introducing biometric passport monitoring of professional cyclists

October 29, 2014 - 

Kazakhstan National Anti-Doping Centre and the Kazakstan Cycling Federation will introduce biometric passport monitoring of domestic professional cyclists beginning in 2015, according to a report by Cycling News.

The new system has been implemented in response to recent events where Astana riders Maxim Iglinskiy and Valentin Iglinskiy both tested positive for EPO, and Astana trainee Ilya Davidenok tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids at the Tour de l’Avenir while riding for the continental team.

In a joint statement, the two organizations said that they pledge to make “a giant leap forward in anti-doping methodology and practice.”

“In Kazakhstan in 2015 we will introduce the world’s most advanced anti-doping system together with KazNADC, a fully-equipped laboratory with the latest technology, and with the support of international experts,” said KCF executive director Dmitriy Muravyev. “Large-scale testing for riders of all ages, biometric passports and educational seminars are just a part of our long-term strategic anti-doping program, and we are counting on the support of the athletic community in its implementation.”

The organizations will be testing domestic cyclists on continental team Astana, Vino 4ever, Track Team Astana, and Astana Pro Team while they compete in Kazakhstan, along with all cyclists on regional and national teams by discipline (road, track, and mountain bike) throughout the domestic racing season.

They will be offering education and testing for trainers and staff on anti-doping rules theory and practice, along with introducing biometric passports among cyclists for monitoring purposes.

KazNADC and KCF will also establish an education program involving training workshops, lectures and seminars on how using illegal drugs can hurt regional sport schools and training academies, coaches and athletes.

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