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IOC urged to test earlier to catch Olympic dopers

Associated Press Modified: September 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm •  Published: September 25, 2012

MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency wants the IOC to test athletes further ahead of Olympic competitions to catch drug cheats.

A WADA panel that monitored the anti-doping program at the London Olympics suggested Tuesday the IOC adopt its tactics instead of simply conducting more tests. An Olympic-record 5,132 tests were conducted after the athletes village opened and eight athletes were caught.

"It may be useful to consider limiting future increases to overall test numbers in favor of more intelligent testing as far in advance of competition as possible," the WADA-appointed observers said.

The panel's 13-page report said it "expected" the IOC to reanalyze some London samples during the eight-year period they are stored to allow for more precise testing methods to be developed.

The IOC, London organizing committee and UK Anti-Doping were praised overall for their anti-doping program.

The report described a "well prepared workforce who carried out their tasks professionally and competently" and "successfully implemented measures to protect the rights of clean athletes."

Of the eight positive tests, two results were from in-competition samples taken immediately after an event.

Women's shot put winner Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus was the only medalist disqualified, for using the steroid metenolone. Nick Delpopolo of the United States placed seventh in the men's judo 73-kilogram class before being expelled for having traces of marijuana in his urine.

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