To check the use of drugs in sport, especially after the IOC’s tough stance against Russia regarding doping, the authorities are determined to make Rio 2016 drug free. And in their intent to ensure taint-free Games, a total of 3,188 biological material samples have been tested for the purpose of doping control since the opening of the Olympic Village a week ahead of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) medical director has said.
The Summer Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 until August 21. The Olympic Village opened on July 24, reportED Sputnik.
“We have done 2,701 urine samples, 191 blood samples, 296 biological passports: 3,188 altogether,” Richard Budgett told reporters on Monday.
He added that more than 4,000 tests overall were expected to be taken by the end of the games.
Budgett said that as part of the re-analyses programme launched by the IOC back in October 2015 on the samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, 98 samples tested positive.
They are not linked to the tests currently being conducted in Rio.
“About 1,400 samples were re-analysed from Beijing and London, resulting in 98 adverse sample findings,” Budgett said.
This is Brazil’s second major event as a host. It had successfully hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup.