A live-streamed debate between the university’s Professor Yannis Pitsiladis and the University of Stirling’s Dr Paul Dimeo, an expert in drug abuse in sport, was chaired by Dr Michael Hutchinson, British racing cyclist and writer with Cycling Weekly.
Professor Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, is at the forefront of a new anti-doping test that he is confident will prove a more effective way to catch cheats. Instead of looking for traces of illegal drugs in urine and blood samples, he is looking at identifying molecular traces of doping.
Professor Pitsiladis said the debate and visit by IOC officials was a tribute to the cutting edge research the university was undertaking at its anti-doping research facilities in Eastbourne. He said: “The visit by the IOC and some of our sponsors was a perfect opportunity to showcase our excellent research and facilities.
Left to right: Prof Pitsiladis, British racing cyclist Dr Michael Hutchinson, and sport doping researcher Dr Paul Dimeo from the University of Stirling.