The Council of Ministers of Andorra approved on April 27 the proposal to promote Interpol’s the international anti-doping campaign that is associated with the control of the circulation of doping, substances and impurities. This initiative was offered by the Minister of justice and internal Affairs of Andorra Xavier Espot. Anti-doping campaign was launched by Interpol with the support from the World Anti-doping Agency and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). The goal of the campaign – assistance to countries in combating the use of doping by athletes.
At the Council of Ministers it was noted that this issue affects at least three areas: medicine, sport and crime.
Usually, the doping is associated with elite athletes, however, access to such tools has been simplified. Since recent time it is possible to purchase drugs such as, for example, anabolic steroids (drugs that mimic the action of male sex hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids accelerate protein synthesis within cells, which leads to severe hypertrophy of the muscle tissue) in the Internet. Some substances are manufactured illegally under unsanitary conditions.
The countries, that have voluntarily entered into this project, shall pass to Interpol all information about the seized products with photos, chemical analysis, information about the person from whom they were seized, the circumstances of seizure etc. The Interpol will analyze the data to identify possible links with drug trafficking and identification of hot spots to strengthen the work of intelligence agencies.