China ups the ante in anti-doping fight

Government agency announces key partner for lab work at Winter Games
The China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) has vowed to ensure the fairness of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics after outlining the use of state-of-the-art technology and services from its partners for the Games.
CHINADA on Wednesday announced it will work alongside Agilent Technologies to provide quick and accurate drug testing of athletes at Beijing 2022, as well as other upcoming national and international sports events.
Agilent will provide reliable testing methods, backed by comprehensive and fast support services.
"The attitude of the Chinese government toward the doping problem has always been zero tolerance, and we will maintain this tough stance," said Chen Zhiyu, CHINADA's director, on Wednesday.
"Drug testing is obviously a vital part of anti-doping work, and we need more advanced testing technologies to ensure the fairness of sports events.
"We believe through the platforms and experience of Agilent, as well as their comprehensive services and equipment, we will have more confidence and options to face all possible challenges in the future."
CHINADA is currently preparing with its partners for the Beijing Winter Games, which will open on Feb 4.
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, CHINADA is confident of ensuring the smoothness of the anti-doping work at the Olympics.
"During the Beijing Winter Olympics, there will be many foreign experts coming to work with us. So we are facing the pressure of pandemic prevention," said Zhang Yinong, CHINADA's laboratory director.
"Many details have yet to be confirmed, but we will most likely work together at the bio-secure bubble. Despite the added complication of pandemic prevention, we will guarantee the quality of our work, as always."
Another important part of CHINADA's work is helping athletes avoid unintentional doping-the accidental consumption of substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.
"There are two lists for athletes-one telling them what drugs they

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