More than 2,000 doping tests conducted for Rio Games

More than 2,000 doping tests conducted for Rio Games

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 12 (IANS) More than 2,000 drug tests have been conducted on athletes competing at the Rio Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams confirmed here.

Adams on Thursday disclosed the information here at a daily briefing at the Main Press Centre of the Rio Olympics, reports Xinhua.

According to him, of the doping tests undertaken, around 20 are blood biological passport ones. But he did not answer the question whether there have been any positive results so far.

The Russian doping scandal has made the anti-doping programme at these Games focus of attention. The IOC earlier announced that up to 4,500 urine tests and about 1,000 blood tests will be done during the Rio Games.

When asked if the IOC regrets awarding the Games to Rio, Adams said, “Absolutely not. This is the first Games in South America. This is really important to us. With the problems they have here.”

“with the economy, politics, it is really important for us to show this solidarity. I think we’ll look back on these Games as a really, really good thing for the Olympic Movement,” added IOC spokesman.

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