IOC Hits Anti-Doping Test Record at Winter Olympics

IOC Hits Anti-Doping Test Record at Winter OlympicsIOC Hits Anti-Doping Test Record at Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has claimed that more than 3,100 doping control tests were undertaken at the recent Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A total of 3,149 tests were said to have been carried out by the Global Association of International Sports Federations and the Pyeongchang 2018 Organizing Committee—a record number for a Winter Olympic Games, reported.

Of the 3,149 samples, which were collected from February 1 to 25, 2,261 were urine samples, 594 were blood samples and 294 were blood passports.

According to the IOC, 1,393 of the 3,149 were in-competition tests with the remaining 1,756 taking place outside of competition.

Of the 2,963 athletes at the games, 1,615 were tested at least once with most of the athletes being tested outside of competition.

The IOC has also outlined the Theraputic Use Exemptions permitted, saying GAISF allowed 24 TUEs prior to the games with a further 12 granted during the games.

So far, four athletes have tested positive for banned substances at Pyeongchang 2018.

Among them are two members of the Olympic athletes from Russia’s team: curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

The others are Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic, who tested positive for asthma drug fenoterol, and Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito, who was the first athlete in Pyeongchang to provide a positive sample, which contained masking agent acetazolamide.


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