World Olympians Association CEO Mike Miller has suggested taking the extreme step of microchipping all athletes to guard against illegal doping.
Speaking to world anti-doping officials at a forum on sports ethics held in London, he said:
In order to stop doping we need to chip our athletes where the latest technology is there. Some people say it’s an invasion of privacy, well, sport is a club and people don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to, if they can’t follow the rules.
Microchips get over the issue of whether the technology can be manipulated because they have no control over the device. The problem with the current anti-doping system is that all it says is that at a precise moment in time there are no banned substances but we need a system which says you are illegal substance-free at all times and if there are changes in markers they will be detected …
Some people say we shouldn’t do this to people,” Miller said. “Well, we’re a nation of dog lovers, we’re prepared to chip our dogs and it doesn’t seem to harm them, so why aren’t we prepared to chip ourselves?
The Briton said he expects a breakthrough in microchip technology is coming, and that anti-doping testers need to be aware of those developments or athletes could exploit them to avoid drug-cheating detection:
I’m just throwing the idea out there. I’m gauging reaction from people but we do need to think of new ways to protect clean sport. I’m no Steve Jobs but we need to spend the money and use the latest technology.
The WOA represents the 48 national Olympians associations and 100,000 living Olympians.