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At the GlaxoSmithKline testing laboratory, which stretches over an area equal to seven tennis courts on a Harlow industrial estate in Essex, the samples will be tested for the presence of more than 240 prohibited substances in less than 24 hours. More than 150 scientists will analyse 6,250 samples during the Games – more than at any other in history. Every medal winner and half of all competitors, chosen at random, will be tested. Positive results will be returned in 48 hours, with the exception of the endurance boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO), which will take 72 hours.
The laboratory will operate around the clock. Samples are stored for at least eight years so they can be re-tested if new techniques become available. Professor David Cowan of King's College, who will lead the team, has promised that his team will be "fast, sensitive, efficient and right".
The World Anti-Doping Agency warned on Wednesday night that because Britain is the host nation, its athletes would face "indignity and humiliation if they tested positive.
"You have to carry that with you, that stigma against your name, for the rest of your life. You become an outcast," said Wada president, John Fahey.