The World Anti-Doping Agency plans to use artificial intelligence in its fight against doping, Olivier Niggli, the organisation’s director general has exclusively revealed to i. “We’re having discussions on artificial intelligence going forward. There’s a lot of promising things,” Niggli said.

Wada will launch a call for pilot artificial intelligence projects in the coming weeks, as it intensifies attempts to use the technology. The organisation believe that artificial intelligence can be used to identify suspicious athletes, raise red flags and improve how testing is targeted.

Under the plans for how to use the technology, if an athlete was flagged by artificial intelligence, it would trigger immediate additional targeted testing. Wada intend to use artificial intelligence to identify patterns in the vast amounts of data that anti-doping bodies already collect.

The technology would be able to analyse the data virtually instantly. This could then lead to investigations being better-targeted and ensure that athletes under suspicion by artificial intelligence undergone the appropriate drug-testing.

It is understood that Wada are already conducting research programs on how artificial intelligence testing could be introduced most effectively. “There’s a lot of data that is being collected in anti-doping – whether it is through the [athlete biological] passports, through the tests, through the results of the athletes,” Niggli said. Read more from…

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