IPC: No new positives from Vancouver as 600 tests planned for PyeongChang
No new positive doping tests emerged from re-testing of 440 athletes’ samples from the Vancouver 2010 winter Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee has announced.
Andrew Parsons, the IPC president (pictured), said: “The IPC is committed to protecting the interest of clean athletes not just at upcoming events, such as the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics, but also events that have already taken place.
“Thanks to advances in technology and testing methods, we are now able to detect substances that we could not at previous Games. I am pleased that no athlete samples when re-analysed from Vancouver 2010 returned any adverse analytical findings and am extremely grateful for the work of Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre for retesting the samples.”
Meanwhile, the IPC is planning to conduct 600 tests at the PyeongChang 2018 games, a 22-per-cent increase on the number of tests that took place during the Sochi 2014 games. The tests will be a combination of blood and urine tests, conducted both in and out of competition.
Parsons added: “In order to try and ensure a level playing field before, during and after PyeongChang 2018 we have implemented our most comprehensive anti-doping programme to date and increased the number of tests we have conducted with winter sport athletes both in and out of competition.
“Last year we doubled our anti-doping efforts in order to complement the activities of National Anti-Doping Agencies and Organising Committees and this focus has continued in 2018.”
The PyeongChang 2018 winter Paralympic Games are scheduled for 8 to 18 March