Robert visits cutting-edge sport science Laboratory
Mr Sturdy’s visit to LGC and HFL came at a particularly exciting time, as they prepare for their role testing the horses competing in each of the equestrian events at theLondonOlympic and Paralympic Games.
The two-hour tour gave the Conservative MEP an opportunity to see the state-of–the-art equipment that will screen for around 2,000 different prohibited substances in each urine or blood sample taken from the competing animals. In a question-and-answer session with the lab managers, Mr Sturdy also learned the details of LGC and HFL’s world-recognised drug screening expertise and experience and how it will meet all analysis requirements and deadlines in what promises to be a very exciting few weeks.
On visiting the laboratory, Mr. Sturdy commented:
“It was fascinating to see how technology is being adapted for the benefit of animals and mankind and that the future of the equine industry is reassuringly well protected. It was a pleasure to visit LGC and it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable visits I have had for a long time.”
Jeremy Cook, Managing Director of LGC Health Sciences, within which HFL operates, commented: “Mr Sturdy was the ideal guest, asking great questions of our scientists and showing eagerness to learn about LGC and HFL’s heritage and place in the local community. As you can imagine, we are very proud to be playing a small but important role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and are confident our experienced scientists and cutting-edge technology will enable us to meet the exacting standards required for such an important and prestigious event.”
HFL, the world’s largest sports drug surveillance laboratory, has nearly half a century’s continuous experience in the science of sports doping control, including experience testing within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and testing human and animal food supplements for substances prohibited in sport.
The equine athletes will come under the rules and remit of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), whose processes are aligned with World Anti-Doping Code and IOC principles.
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