The organizers of the Tour de France Cycling race have announced new dates for it – from August 29 to September 20, 2020.
The tour de France was scheduled to run from June 27 to July 19, but the competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The organizers of the Tour de France are in constant contact and have reached an agreement with all interested parties, from local communities to public authorities,” a statement on the race’s website said.
The bike race will follow the same route as planned, without any changes.
American athletes will take their own doping tests at home via video link
American athletes will undergo the doping control procedure themselves. Doping officers will monitor the sample collection process via video link.
This is reported by USA Today.
The us anti-doping Agency (USADA) has launched a self-testing program due to the coronavirus epidemic. More than ten high-level athletes have already participated in the program, including swimmers Lilia king and Katie Ledecky. The program is expected to run for eight weeks.
Testing kits are sent to athletes participating in the program. At any time, the athlete may receive a call, after which the doping control procedure must be carried out. The athlete must pass a urine and blood test. A doping officer monitors the process via video link.
After passing the tests, the athlete must seal the samples and send them to the anti-doping laboratory.
“I felt great during the procedure. Now is the perfect time to test something like this. I think this is a great step in the conditions we are currently in, ” Ledecky commented.
The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, said that the postponement of the summer Olympics in Tokyo to 2021 due to the coronavirus will cost the organization dearly.
“The transfer of Tokyo 2020 will cost us hundreds of millions of dollars, although the exact amount can not be named yet.
We can not be blamed for the fact that we have long doubted the decision to transfer. In such emotional situations, you can’t make decisions based only on your instincts.
To stop all conspiracy theories, I want to say that the IOC was insured in case of cancellation of the Games, but there was no insurance in case of transfer,” Bach said.