IOC Tests 3,188 Blood, Urine Samples


The International Olympic
Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission says it tested 3,188 samples from athletes, comprising 2, 701 urine, 191 blood samples and 296 biological passports so far.
The Medical and Scientific Director, Richard Budgett, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday on the sidelines of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
He said: “The quality of the testing has been higher here than ever before and more importantly, so too has been the quality of testing leading up to the Games.
“There is a special taskforce (here) for the first time — funded with 500,000 dollars by the IOC and run by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) using national anti-doping operations from all five continents.
He said they had actually looked at the athletes about to come to the Games, see what programme of testing they were undergoing, identifying any gaps, plugging those gaps with the help of international federations and national anti-doping organisations.
The commission “made sure more than ever before that athletes are tested properly and that there are the right deterrents leading into these Games.
“The re-analysis started a year ago and it’s an ongoing programme, so it will continue after these Games.
“About 1,400 samples were re-analysed from Beijing and London, resulting in 98 adverse sample findings’’.
He added that testing at the Games themselves started when the Olympic Village opened on July 24 and that was when the statistics started.
“That is the responsibility of the organising committee under our rules. More than 4,000 tests are to be conducted by the end of the Games.