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1,363 doping tests carried out

Some 1,363 doping tests have been carried out so far in the framework of the largest ever testing programme for an Olympic Winter Games. The tests include 1,040 urine and 323 blood tests. These tests cover the period beginning 4 February until 18 February 2010. Athletes participating in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games have been tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Organising Committee (VANOC) under the authority of the IOC. So far, no athlete has been banned from competition, but one athlete has received a reprimand.

Pre- and post-competition numbers

The tests have been conducted pre- and post-competition. Out of the 1,363 tests carried out in total so far, 878 were performed pre-competition: 632 urine and 246 blood tests. Post-competition, 485 tests have been conducted: 408 urine and 77 blood. Typically, the five top finishing athletes and two athletes chosen at random are tested.

2,000 tests envisaged         

The Vancouver Games’ doping detection process is the most comprehensive in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. The increase in the number of tests, up from 700 in Salt Lake City and 1,200 in Turin to 2,000 in Vancouver, serves as a clear demonstration of the IOC's commitment to ensuring that athletes play fair. 

Who does what?        

As the ruling body for the Olympic Games, the IOC delegates the responsibility for implementing doping controls to the Organising Committee (VANOC) and to WADA. VANOC is responsible for tests at Olympic venues, while WADA performs tests in Canada and across the world under the IOC’s authority. The IOC is exclusively responsible for managing the results.

Processes on-site        

Doping control stations are located in each competition venue, the medal plazas and the Olympic Villages. About 700 people are involved throughout the process, including the laboratory staff, the sample collection personnel, chaperones responsible for accompanying the athletes to the doping control stations, and coordinators. A temporary WADA-accredited laboratory is located in the city of Richmond at the Richmond Oval. This laboratory is responsible for analysing samples collected by VANOC during the course of the Games. The samples are analysed in a period of between 24 and 72 hours only, depending on the kind of test. The IOC Medical Commission is responsible for overseeing all doping control processes on-site, which is in full compliance with the IOC Anti-Doping Rules, the World Anti-Doping Code, the 2010 Prohibited List and the International Standard for Testing.

For more information:

Vancouver 2010 - IOC Anti-Doping Rules

Additional information from VANOC

The World Anti-Doping Programme 





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