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Aged 15, the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) is making a new growth spurt. Created in 2006 in the wake of the Puerto affair (a vast blood doping network organized around the Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes), which splashed professional cycling, the independent public authority in charge of “Guarantee sporting integrity, the fairness of competitions and the health of athletes”, presented, Thursday, November 25, the main lines of its strategic plan 2022-2024, which will dictate its action until the Olympic Games (Olympics) in Paris. For the occasion, the agency unveiled the lines of its new logo.

After having implemented its structural reforms, one of which acts in 1er January 2022 the transfer – and administrative separation – of the analysis laboratory from Châtenay-Malabry to the University of Paris-Saclay, AFLD now wishes to move up a gear and become a “International reference” in anti-doping matters.

The agency carried out 9,000 tests in 2021, should perform an additional 1,000 within a year and aims for 12,000 samples in 2023, on the eve of the Olympics. Progress certainly, but still far from the 14,000 tests carried out today by UK anti-doping, its British counterpart, to which AFLD officials like to compare themselves.

On the budget side, the French regulator will see the subsidy provided by the sports ministry increase from 9.3 million in 2021 to 10.2 million euros in 2022 – excluding the laboratory’s own budget and the resources resulting from the analysis services provided. for third parties. “A thousand additional checks per year, that’s 250,000 euros more per year”, we calculate at the AFLD.

Fight against “doping by ignorance”

Since its compliance – by the government order of April 21, 2021 – with the World Anti-Doping Code, the Agency has been granted new prerogatives. To its historic mission of detecting and sanctioning doping practices have been added new powers of investigation and intelligence, as well as an increased role in education.

The AFLD was, until then, often considered only through its disciplinary approach, affirms to the World Jérémy Roubin, secretary general of AFLD since 1er April 2021. “The agency had an image of a gendarme. Today, it has reinvested in the field of prevention and education ”, he congratulates himself.

Thus, since November, AFLD has been organizing training sessions to raise awareness of anti-doping issues and “Promote a new culture of clean sport” with athletes and their entourage. Payable for “Ambassadors” thus trained to preach the good word in the field, to sports federations initially, before widening the target audiences.

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