IOC expects to catch more drug cheats in Beijing

August 1st, 2008 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 1 (Xinhua) There will be more potential positive cases with the increase in the number of doping tests at the Beijing Olympic Games, said an International Olympic Committee (IOC) official overseeing the anti-doping programme at the Games here. Patrick Schamasch, director of Medical and Scientific Department of the IOC, said Thursday the one quarter increase of the number of doping tests may help catch more drug cheats.

“When you look at the previous Games. More tests you do, more potential positive or anti-doping violations there will be. If you are good at math, you do the calculation,” he said.

“We had 26 in Athens anti-doping rule violations with 25 percent of increase of the tests, you do the math,” he added. There will be 4,500 tests carried out during the Beijing Olympic Games with 1,300 pre-competition ones.

According to Schamasch, less than 100 tests have been done since the opening of the Olympic Village on July 27.

Schamasch said if more drug cheats were found, that only proved their work were effective.

“Doping has been an issue in sport. We are here to clean the Games,” he said.

Beside the increase of test number, Schamasch believed improved testing method would also help.

“To detect human growth hormone, we have improved method,” he said, adding that the method was based on the principles of the one used at the Athens Olympic Games. “It was not new but improved.”

But he refused to go into details as to what are the advantages of the improved method.

“We want to frighten drug cheats with better test but don’t want them to know details. We try to do our utmost to catch more cheats,” he said.

All the tests will be carried out in the new lab located in the building of the China Anti-Doping Agency in north Beijing.

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