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WADA applauds expansion of MLB testing program

January 10, 2013

Statement from WADA Director General David Howman:

WADA welcomes the decision of Major League Baseball (MLB) and its players union to expand their drug-testing program for the 2013 season.

By agreeing to in-season testing for human growth hormone (hGH) and introducing longitudinal profiling for testosterone, MLB has significantly increased the effectiveness of its anti-doping program and enhanced its value in terms of deterrence.

An anti-doping program can only be considered effective when it is allowed to monitor players the whole year round, and by making these changes the MLB has set a new standard for the other Pro Leagues to follow.