KIST’s Doping Control Center was founded in 1984 to conduct drug testing during the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Proving itself to be a world-class organization, the center was accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has successfully carried out its work ever since, such as when it famously detected steroid use by Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, whose world record and subsequent gold medal for the 100m sprint in the 1988 Olympics were ultimately revoked.
In 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took over for the IOC, and KIST’s Doping Control Center now receives annual accreditation from them as we continue our analysis work and development of new techniques.
In recent years, new doping substances and methods have been introduced, including designer steroids/stimulants, peptide hormones, blood doping, and gene doping. To fight them, we cooperate with doping control centers around the world as well as expanding collaborative ties with university hospitals and athletic organizations in order to develop new analytical tools.
Our aim is to encourage the wellbeing of athletes and promote fairness in sports competitions, all while enhancing Korea’s global standing through the work we do on the international stage.