2008 Olympics to have 25 per cent more dope tests
As part of its zero tolerance approach to fighting doping, the International Olympic Committee has decided to increase the number of tests.india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 21:28 IST
Around 4,500 dope tests will be conducted during the 2008 Olympic Games, which is 25 per cent more than in 2004 Athens Games, a senior official said.
"As part of its zero tolerance approach to fighting doping, the International Olympic Committee has decided to increase the number of tests by a large amount," the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG) executive vice president Yang Shu'an said.
"Final numbers are to be confirmed but are expected to be around 4,500, a 25 per cent increase on Athens 2004," Yang said suring an exhibition themed 'The Olympic Movement and Anti-doping Drive'.
More than 3,500 tests were conducted during the Athens Games, also a 25 per cent rise on the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Xinhua news agency reported.
The exhibition, which will run through Saturday, reviews a number of doping cases in the past years and provides video display of anti-doping test process as well as computer inter-action means for visitors to test their knowledge about the anti-doping combat.
It is the first of its kind proposed by Beijing to target a wider audience instead of a number of specialists in the history of the Olympic Games. Similar exhibitions are expected to be organised in 2007 and 2008 in various parts of China, the report said.