The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s sports ministry to crack down on the manufacture and supply of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDS) in the country.
WADA and Interpol will exchange information with China’s law enforcement agencies to target and dismantle producers and help countries catch drug cheats among their athletes.
The project team will include officials from Chinese police, Customs, Food and Drug Administration and the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency
- China is the world’s top producer and exporter of PEDs, which are openly sold on Chinese websites and often shipped by regular mail to countries around the world.
- United States Drug Enforcement Administration arrested more than 90 people and seized hundreds of kilograms of raw steroid powder and thousands of litres in liquid form in a major synthetic drug bust across multiple U.S. states.
WHAT ARE PEDS?
A performance-enhancing drug is any substance taken by athletes to improve performance. This term is referenced often and typically refers to anabolic steroid use in sports by professional and amateur athletes.
- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is a foundation created through a collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
- Aimed to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.
- Headquarters – Montreal, Canada
- President – Sir Craig Reedie
- Motto – Play True