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Swedish anti-doping: "Not financially justifiable to test every month"

2020-02-14T08:00:13.501Z

After Jenny Fransson got arrested for doping, it was reported that she had been gone for almost four months between the test cases. But it's not too long, according to Swedish Anti-Doping. - We have responded that people thought it was too little, says Jenny Schulze at Swedish Anti-Doping to SVT Sport.



After the wrestling World Cup in September, it took until January before Jenny Fransson doped again. The fact that it took four months was something the Sports Federation criticized, and wanted to see more tests. But Swedish Anti-Doping does not agree.

- We have responded that people have thought it is too little. We have a plan and try to be unpredictable. We look at the practitioners' goals and how they set up their training, and then we put up tests along that. It is not financially justifiable to test every month either, says Jenny Schulze, group leader in control, to SVT Sport.

"Too little testing is taken over the headboard"

Sweden, together with several other countries, has gone from focusing on the number of tests to investing more in targeted tests. But the former deputy chairman of the international anti-doping agency Wada, Arne Ljungqvist, is critical and thinks it makes too few tests.

- Too little testing is taken over the head to make athletes feel threatened to be tested anywhere and anytime. And that's because you don't have the resources for it, it's not Swedish Antidoping's fault. It is clear that with a limited budget, strategic choices must be made.

- That it is too little resources, not only in Sweden, it is a fact. Therefore, it is forced to use it as wisely as possible, preferably on the basis of suspicion and information.

The economy is affecting

Swedish Antidoping's budget has not grown as much as costs have increased. And the expenses are getting bigger, despite an equal number of tests as before.

- Costs increase every year. We have hired more people, but our budget has not increased at that rate. Then Wada also makes higher demands. Now comes a new code with a new standard for education, and we have hired one more person in the education department, says Schulze.

- Of course, we need more money. We need more money to maintain what we do. But we would need more tests to discover more who are doping, I don't think so. A little more testing might be good, but I think we are of a high standard.

Amanda Lind: "Sweden must have anti-doping work of absolute world class"

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Björn Eriksson and Amanda Lind. Photo: BILDBYRÅN

Source: svt

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