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Games to see record tests

Mumbai: The London Olympics is all set to go down in history as the most dope tested Games with more than 6,000 samples expected to be analysed, the World Anti Doping Agency (Wada) has said.

“This will be the most tested Games in Olympic history and doping athletes must know that they will be under severe scrutiny of anti-doping officials from the moment they set foot in the Olympic Village,” Wada president John Fahey said in a media statement from Montreal.

“The IOC and LOCOG (Games organising committee) have prepared an extensive anti-doping programme that will analyse up to 6,250 samples while the anti-doping authorities are already sharing intelligence to assist with target testing of athletes under suspicion,” he added.

Fahey said that Wada’s intention is to make the upcoming Games, starting on July 27, as clean as possible.

“I should also add that UK Anti-Doping is mandated to test athletes in training camps ahead of the Games and has also compiled much intelligence with the co-operation of anti-doping organisations worldwide.

“There has been a coherent effort to make London 2012 as ‘clean’ as possible and doping athletes should know that their chances of avoiding detection are the smallest they have ever been,” said Fahey after entreating dope cheaters to stay away from the quadrennial sporting spectacle.

“I say this in the clearest way possible: ‘if you are a doping athlete and you are planning to compete in London then you must withdraw from your Olympic team’.

“Doping is cheating, plain and simple. And if you compete in London as a doped athlete then not only will you be cheating your fellow athletes, you will be cheating fans across the world, doing a disservice to your national flag and flouting the ideals of the Olympic Movement.

“A doping athlete cannot achieve success, it is a complete contradiction. Even if a doping athlete were to win a medal he or she would never be able to look at themselves in the mirror and say ‘well done, I deserved this’,” the Wada chief said. (PTI)