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Sports Anti-Doping Labs continue to operate through Covid-19

Havana, May 27 .- Through a five-minute video, the director of the Havana Anti- Doping Laboratory, Dr. Rodny Montes de Oca, participated in the Current Virtual Symposium on the Anti-Doping Fight, promoted by the Central American Sports Organization and from the Caribbean ( Odecabe ).

Montes de Oca made his words known through this alternative route, since the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States government did not allow him access to the Zoom platform.

As reflected on the website, the young specialist sent his thoughts on the measures to be taken in laboratories to confront the scourge of doping in the days of Covid-19.

In the areas of the laboratories extreme security measures must be taken for the treatment of the samples, but it will also happen outside. The specialists in charge of taking them, moving them, packing them and sending them to our centers, will have to take all the precautions to avoid contagions, he explained.

Later he recognized the possibility of receiving a sample contaminated with Covid-19, as has already happened to a homologous institution in Europe. Given this, he explained, the approved protocols must establish whether it is discarded or kept for further analysis.

We inform our clients that when issuing a sample to the Havana Laboratory they must monitor the athlete in question, because if it is positive to Covid-19 we could know it before receiving or opening their material, which is why we evaluated freezing for 20 days each sample received, to analyze it after the time the virus usually manifests, he explained.

Montes de Oca, who spoke to the participants in the Symposium, but was unable to listen to the other speakers, approached the restart of operations in the Havana center.

He confirmed that at this point in the year they should have carried out 2,500 tests, but the slowdown caused by the pandemic limited them at just 1,000.

At this time, a small group of workers put the equipment on edge and update the Laboratory documentation. The intention is to have it ready so that the restart of activities does not catch us off guard, the doctor said. (Text: ACN) (Photo: File)