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SBD Global/November 14, 2013/Olympics
New IOC President Calls For More Doping Tests Ahead Of 2014 Sochi Olympics
Published November 14, 2013
RALLYING THE TROOPS: REUTERS' Mark Gleeson reported Bach said that new testing methods "are required to strengthen the fight against doping in sport." Bach also "compared drug cheating to terrorism." Bach: "We need even more specifically targeted tests and more scientific research. We have to focus on more anti-doping research. In this area we should be open to new ways of thinking." Bach said that "concerns over costs should not stop more investment in anti-doping measures." Bach: "We should not argue that one positive test costs several hundred thousand dollars. That would be like saying a terrorist attack at an airport costs us so many millions of dollars because the fight against doping is like security measures and it is also about deterrents and prevention. Our security measures and so our tests must be improved still more" (REUTERS, 11/13).
KENYA'S PROBLEM: REUTERS reported Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha "has urged Kenya’s athletics chiefs to root out doping cheats as swiftly as possible or risk damaging the country’s reputation for churning out running greats." Kenya "has begun to acknowledge a drugs problem that has cast a shadow over one of the most successful running nations at a time athletics is reeling from high profile doping scandals." Rudisha: "It is bad. The faster they tackle the matter the better for our country’s image" (REUTERS, 11/13).