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2012 Olympics – providing a legacy

Unveiling of the anti-doping lab for 2012Unveiling of the anti-doping lab for 2012King's College London has direct involvement with the drug testing programme for the London Olympics in the summer of 2012 on a scale not seen previously.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) unveiled in January 2012 a WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory for the games. Laboratory facilities have been provided by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Harlow, Essex with King's College London as laboratory operators.

A team of more than 150 scientists from around the world led by Professor David Cowan from the Drug Control Centre at King's College London will provide expert testing. Overall more than 1000 people from LOCOG and the anti-doping laboratory will be involved in the drug testing process.

Operating 24 hours a day thoughout the Olympic and Paralympic games, testing up to 6250 samples, more than any previous games, the lab is designed to handle up to 400 samples every day in a facility the size of seven tennis courts.

The unprecedented scale of operations for 2012 is intended to create a valuable legacy of knowledge about anti-doping operation and processes.

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