Out-of-com­pe­ti­tion dop­ing tests mooted

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The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) wants to bring in ef­fi­cient out-of-com­pe­ti­tion dop­ing tests in drugs-tainted Rus­sia and Kenya to pro­tect clean ath­letes.

“For the pur­pose of pro­tect­ing clean ath­letes world­wide, the IOC has asked the Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees of Rus­sia and Kenya, as well as the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (Wada), to en­sure an ef­fi­cient out-of-com­pe­ti­tion test­ing pro­gramme for all ath­letes in all sports ... which at this time is not in place,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive board said this week.

Rus­sia was sus­pended last month by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) af­ter a re­port by an in­de­pen­dent Wada com­mis­sion de­tailed sys­tem­atic, state-spon­sored dop­ing and re­lated cor­rup­tion in the coun­try that had “sab­o­taged” the 2012 Olympics.

As it stands now, Rus­sia can­not send com­peti­tors to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Kenya, fac­ing scru­tiny from an­ti­dop­ing of­fi­cials and crit­i­cism that it is not do­ing enough to tackle the prob­lem, re­cently banned seven ath­letes for dop­ing of­fences, rais­ing the to­tal num­ber of drug cases to 40 in the African na­tion in the past three years.

A sec­ond part of the re­port, to be pub­lished early next year, is ex­pected to be even more re­veal­ing, ac­cord­ing to the head of the in­de­pen­dent Wada com­mis­sion.

“At this mo­ment, there is a con­certed ef­fort by the sports or­gan­i­sa­tions in these two coun­tries, along with IAAF and Wada, and I think this is the right way to go,” said IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach.

Kenya, renowned for its ex­cep­tional long-dis­tance run­ners, topped the medals ta­ble at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing, China in Au­gust.

– Reuters

PHOTO: REUTERS/ EN­RIQUE MAR­CAR­IAN

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