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Former WADA boss says dope testing war not yet won

posted 11 Aug 2012, 13:28 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 11 Aug 2012, 13:29 ]

The former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency Richard Pound says the dope testing war has not yet been won.

LONDON, UK (AUGUST 11, 2012) (REUTERS) - 
The former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency Richard Pound said that following the extraordinary success of Jamaica at the London Olympics, they will be on everyone's radar for dope testing in the future.
Although no Jamaican has failed a dope test in London, Pound, who stepped down as WADA president in 2007, said to Reuters Television on Saturday (August 11) that conducting testing in Jamaica can be difficult.


"They are one of the groups that are hard to test, it is hard to get in and find them and so forth. I think they can expect, with the extraordinary results that they have had, that they will be on everybody's radar," he said.


Pound described the doping measures at London 2012 as "first class", and said that any athletes caught would also fail an intelligence test for doing so.


"We have got a good laboratory and some of the best scientists in the world," he said. "I would not expect many cases at the Olympics because if you test positive here you fail not a drugs test but an IQ test."

While there have been relatively few positive dope tests at the Games, Pound was not so sure that the war on doping is being won just yet.


"I think it is too soon to say that. I think we are gaining and getting better at science. We are starting to get better at smart testing. But there is a long way to go yet. In Churchillian terms, it is not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning."


Earlier this week, Victor Conte, who served a prison term for supplying some of the world's best athletes with drugs, claimed that up to 60 percent of track and field athletes at London 2012 were doping.


In response to that suggestion, Pound said: "He is probably more likely to know than we are. I hope it is not 60 per cent, but it is certainly a lot more than we are catching."

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