The Nevada state athletic commission on Tuesday slightly modified its drug testing policy, requiring additional analysis to blood tests that may indicate use of performance-enhancing drugs.
During a meeting on the subject, NSAC moved to require hemoglobin and hematocrit tests, which can indicate blood doping or PED use. Fighters are already required to submit to annual blood tests for licensing with a focus on infectious diseases.
Bad news! This isn’t the comprehensive blood testing you’ve been looking for. Watch Kalib Run runs down the issues: They’re only testing when a fighter comes in for relicensing, non-random test times means it gives time for cheaters to get clean, and it’s nothing like the WADA style blood testing Floyd Mayweather’s always namedropping.
WKR called the whole thing ‘half-baked’, but I’ll take positive movement forward where I can get it. We wanted blood testing, and now the NSAC is sticking it’s toe in the blood testing pool. Another year or two and I’m sure they’ll be swimming in the deep end without their floaties and everything!