WADA publishes Independent Observer Report for 2014 Olympic Winter Games

14 May 2014 15:49
All aspects of the anti-doping programme were monitored
All aspects of the anti-doping programme were monitored -
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WADA has completed and published its Independent Observer (IO) Report on the anti-doping programme at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA is invited by the International Olympic Committee to send an IO Team to all Olympic Games, and deliver a final report on the effectiveness of the programme and any recommendations for its improvement.

“The anti-doping programme that the IOC put in place for Sochi was every bit as robust and professional as we could have hoped for,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie.

In the report it was stated that FIS has been a very active partner in coordination and cooperation of intelligence sharing for testing purposes in the lead up and during the Games

In Sochi, the IO Team monitored all aspects of the anti-doping programme, including test distribution planning, the selection of competitors for testing, notification of doping control, Therapeutic Use Exemption procedure, chain of custody, sample analysis and results management.

As is the case following all IO Missions, the report included a number of recommendations designed to further enhance anti-doping activities at future Games, with particular regard to the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

A full copy of the Independent Observer Report can be found here.