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Vancouver 2010: fight against doping a number one priority

Tomorrow, the doors of the Olympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler will open to welcome the athletes of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. From then until the end of the Games on 28 February, the IOC Anti-Doping Rules will apply.

2,000 tests envisaged

The Vancouver Games’ doping detection process will be 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.

Of the approximately 2,000 tests to be conducted between 4 and 28 February, 1,600 will be urine tests and more than 400 blood tests. About 500 tests will include urine EPO detection.  Of the 2,000 tests, 800 will be undertaken pre-competition, and 1,200 post-competition. Post-competition testing typically includes the five top finishing athletes and two athletes chosen at random.

Who does what?

As the ruling body for the Olympic Games, the IOC will delegate the responsibility for implementing doping controls to the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (VANOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). VANOC is responsible for tests at Olympic venues, while WADA will perform 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 will be located in each competition venue, the medals plazas and the Olympic Villages. About 700 people will be involved throughout the process, including the laboratory staff, the sample collection personnel, chaperones responsible for accompanying the athletes to the doping control stations, as well as the coordinators.  A  WADA-accredited laboratory will be located in the city of Richmond at the Richmond Oval. This laboratory will be responsible for analysing samples collected by VANOC during the course of the Games. The samples will be analysed in a period of between 24 and 72 hours only, depending on the kind of test. The IOC Medical Commission will be responsible for overseeing all doping control processes on-site, which will be 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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