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Blood collection kit

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Physical description

A blood collection kit that consists of a plastic bag, two drawing needles, one safety tube holder, two collection vials, two cotton wool balls, one band aid and one sterile wipe.

Statement of significance

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) collection comprises urine and blood testing kits, public education posters and documents related to the administration of testing programs. These objects speak to ASADA's work in drug testing Australian athletes who compete at state and national levels, as well as international athletes if they are competing in events held in Australia. The posters also illustrate the agency's role to inform the sporting community of drugs and related safety issues.

Athletes since ancient times have used a myriad of substances to enhance their physical and mental performance during sporting endeavours. The development of rules, procedures and penalties related to the use of certain substances did not begin in earnest until the 1960s, when the Council of Europe tabled a resolution against the use of doping. Blood and urine testing became more common into the 1970s. The first anti-doping initiative in Australia was a survey into drug use in sport in 1979 by the Australian Sports Medicine Federation. Following a Senate inquiry into drug use in sport in 1989-90, the Federal Government established the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA). On 14 March 2006, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) replaced the ASDA.

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