POSTED: December 9th 2008

New Olympic dope tests for 500

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Dope cheats who thought they had escaped the IOC net at the Beijing Games now have the threat of detection hanging over them until the end of March.

The majority of all samples collected during the summer Games are being tested further at WADA-accredited laboratories in Paris, Lausanne and Cologne. Paris and Lausanne testers will be running 400 new checks for the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO Cera while Cologne checks insulin abuse.

The new EPO test was developed by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Paris and used initially this year to review samples from the Tour de France.

Events on which the tests will be focused are the endurance competitions in cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics. Testing will start in January and first results are expected by the end of March.

The IOC now stores Games dope test samples for eight years in support of its zero-tolerance policy so that samples can be analysed retroactively with awareness of both new substances and testing procedures.

Some 4,770 doping tests were carried out in Beijing, mainly focused on all top-five finishers, plus a further two event competitors. Six athletes tested positive while three additional cases are being considered by the IOC executive board which meets Wednesday and Thursday in Lausanne.

Those three cases concern Belarusian hammer throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan (winners of silver and bronze medals) and Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski.

The executive will also consider updates on preparations for Vancouver 2010, for London 2012, Sochi 2014 and for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The choice of host city for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games follows on Friday.

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · dope tests · 2008 Olympic Games · Beijing · Vadim Devyatovskiy · Ivan Tsikhan · Adam Seroczynski

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