Olympic athletes focus in third quarter tests
(Ottawa, ON) -- The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) reports that a
total of 700 domestic doping control tests were conducted during the third
quarter of 2000 with 73 percent on an unannounced basis.
While many athletes competing at the Sydney Olympic Summer Games had been
tested earlier in the year, athletes qualifying for the Olympics were the
focus of testing in the three months prior to Sydney. Increases in the
number of tests were notable in sports such as Athletics, Basketball,
Cycling, Gymnastics, Judo, Synchronized Swimming, Triathlon and Waterpolo.
In total, 74% of all athletes competing in Sydney were tested within six
months of the Games.
The CCES reports statistics in the following categories:
Domestic Program: A total of 700 tests were conducted on Canadian athletes
during the third quarter of 2000. Of these 700 tests, 514 (73%) were of
the unannounced category, while 186 (23%) were announced. Three infractions
were reported including: two in Athletics and one in Equestrian.
Major/International Games: A total of 66 tests were conducted on athletes
at 10 different events held in Canada during the third quarter. All tests
were of the announced category. No infractions were noted.
Doping Control Contract Services: During the third quarter of 2000, a total
of 117 tests were conducted for five client organizations: Bodybuilding,
Cycling, Nordic & Ski Jumping, Softball, and Speed Skating. Nine
infractions were recorded in the sport of Bodybuilding.
The CCES is responsible for all aspects of drug-free sport, including
athlete testing. The CCES provides quarterly and annual reports of all
doping control tests carried out in Canada.