This year’s Olympics will see the biggest anti-drugs operation every seen at the Olympic Games.
It has been announced that half of all participants will be tested for drugs; there will be 150 scientists taking around 6,000 samples between now and the end of the Paralympic Games. Additionally, every medal winner will also be tested.
A number of members of Team GB including Phillips Idowu, Beth Tweddle, David Weir, Graham Edmunds and Marlon Devonish are leading a campaign to highlight the anti-doping programme. Devonish said that “winning an Olympic medal is the best feeling in the world and as an athlete it’s so important to know that anyone who stands on the podium has got there through their own hard work and dedication, not by doping.”
Over 1,000 people will be staffing the anti-doping laboratory and they are expecting to test up to 400 samples every day for over 240 banned substances.
Graham Edmunds, who won gold medals at the Paralympic games in Athens and Beijing said that “knowing you’ve reached the podium because of all the hard work you’ve put in […] is the greatest feeling.” He went on to say that he was “confident that everything possible is being done to catch drug cheats at London 2012.”
Meanwhile the American 400m runner Debbie Dunn has withdrawn from the Olympics after she tested positive in a drugs test. She was due to take part in the 4x400m relay in London. According to the US Anti-Doping Agency, Dunn’s urine sample showed traces of a banned synthetic testosterone and they are now testing her ‘B’ sample.
On the other hand, Team GB sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar will be competing in London after the British Olympic Association’s policy of imposing lifetime bans was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.