PGA Tour to start blood testing in October

PGA Tour Blood testing

PGA Tour Blood testing

The PGA Tour said on Tuesday it will begin blood testing next season and revise its list of banned substances to reflect those prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency as part of a more stringent anti-doping policy.

Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone (HGH), which is on the list of banned substances but can not be detected through urine.

The PGA Tour previously only used urine testing, which left it unable to detect the use of human growth hormone.

He said the process for therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) involving some of those additional substances would be adjusted to make the response time quicker. In addition to all of these technical changes, the tour will also announce suspensions for all substances next season, as opposed to the current system where only performance enhancing drug suspensions are announced.

Another interesting change is that the PGA Tour will now publicly reveal any players who are suspended for drug abuse.

And in a slight move toward more transparency, the tour would start reporting suspensions for drugs of abuse.

The tour's policy has been controversially thin in the past, particularly amid scandals in other sports like cycling and baseball.

The PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Program was established in 2008 after discussions with numerous world's foremost authorities in the anti-doping field, including representatives from WADA and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Accordingly, the PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Program differed in certain areas from the WADA Code that governs activities such as the Olympic Games. This included blood testing and whereabouts (at home) testing.

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