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  • South Korea Promises Enhanced Doping Controls


    (ATR) PyeongChang 2018 anti-doping officials say to expect a “strong and effective” program at the next Winter Olympics.

    Tae Kang Roh presented PyeongChang 2018’s anti-doping plans at the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board meeting in Seoul. Roh said that organizers will work hard to “provide fair competing opportunities to athletes,” according to Yonhap.

    "Earlier this year, our anti-doping authorities examined some 1,300 samples at the Olympic test events and other competitions, and we've selected core members," Roh said, as quoted by Yonhap. “These selected experts will take care of doping controls at the Olympics and they've so far gone through five intensive training sessions."

    Two centers will be located in PyeongChang and Gangneung to serve as doping control areas. PyeongChang 2018 will be the first Games where the IOC’s Independent Testing Authority conducts anti-doping tests.

    PyeongChang will almost certainly be under heightened scrutiny for its anti-doping program given the controversies surrounding the Sochi 2014 lab. WADA at its Foundation Board meeting kept the non-compliance tag on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. The IOC-led Schmid Commission will soon release its finding on manipulations into the anti-doping procedures at the Sochi Games.

    "We want no athletes damaging their body because of doping," Roh said. “We also want to see athletes achieve results without any disadvantages because that's what sports are about."

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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