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Nearly 2,000 athletes underwent drug tests at Rio Olympics 2016

Narada Desk | August 12, 2016 12:37 pm Print
The Russian doping scandal has made the anti-doping programme at these Games focus of attention
Mark Adams : IOC spokesman

International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams has confirmed that the authorities are leaving no stone un-turned in ensuring a dope-free Rio 2016 Games. As result of this, more than 2,000 drug tests have been conducted on athletes participating in the Games. Adams disclosed the information at a daily briefing at the Main Press Centre of the Rio Olympics, reports Xinhua.

According to him, of the doping tests undertaken, around 20 are blood biological passport ones. But he did not answer the question whether there have been any positive results so far.

The Russian doping scandal has made the anti-doping programme at these Games focus of attention. The IOC earlier announced that up to 4,500 urine tests and about 1,000 blood tests will be done during the Rio Games.

When asked if the IOC regrets awarding the Games to Rio, Adams said: “Absolutely not. This is the first Games in South America. This is really important to us. With the problems they have here… with the economy, politics, it is really important for us to show this solidarity. I think we’ll look back on these Games as a really, really good thing for the Olympic Movement”.

IANS

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