4 July 2012

The IOC's Fight Against Doping at London 2012

The IOC’s Fight Against Doping at London 2012

The fight against doping is a top priority of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to punish anyone responsible for using and providing doping products.

The fight against doping during an Olympic Games falls under the remit of the IOC. The IOC Medical Commission requests that the London Organising Committee implements all practical methods of collecting and sealing urine and blood samples in compliance with the International Standards for testing.

In London, the IOC will conduct a record 5,500 doping tests. This is up from 4,770 tests conducted at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. All top 5 finishers plus two other athletes selected at random will be tested. In addition, the IOC will conduct further random and unannounced tests based on intelligence during the period of the Games: from the opening of the village on 16 July to the closing ceremony on 12 August.

This VNR outlines the players involved in the anti-doping fight, while focusing on the leading role the IOC plays and detailing which anti-doping procedures will be in place at Games-time.

This footage includes:

- Images and situation shots of the London 2012 WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory; images of samples being tested.
- Images and situation shots of the Lausanne WADA accredited anti-doping laboratory; images of stored samples from previous Olympic Games.
- Interview with the IOC President explaining the role of the IOC in the fight against doping, specifically the leading role it plays during the period of the Games and its collaboration with International Federations and National Olympic Committees. Also mentioned is the number of tests to be carried out and the reason behind samples being kept for 8 years.
- Interview with the Head of the WADA accredited London 2012 laboratory, Professor David Cowan, on the testing procedures during the Olympic Games.
- Interview with the head of the WADA accredited Lausanne laboratory, Dr. Martial Saugy, on the testing procedures after the Games.

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