WADA caught 30 cheaters before Vancouver
Fahey: There will always be cheaters
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER — Drug testers nabbed more than 30 athletes before they even got to the Vancouver Winter Games, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday.
But that doesn’t mean these Games will be the cleanest ever.
“I don’t think anybody is in a position to make that declaration,” WADA president John Fahey said at the organization’s pre-Olympics news conference. “There will always be (cheaters). The one thing I will declare is that it’s more likely they will be caught than in any other Games in our history.”
That’s because drug testing is more advanced than ever, and sports organizations are working together with governments and police agencies to catch the dopers, Fahey said.
The stakes are high, with sports’ governing bodies unwilling to risk humiliation on the world stage.
“They are not going to be embarrassed by having cheats representing their nations at an event such as the Olympic Games,” Fahey said.
The 30-plus positive tests came in a variety of sports and countries over the last few months.
Many have been made public, including a rash of recent positive tests from Russian skiers.
Officials will conduct more than 2,000 urine tests and some 500 blood tests in Vancouver and Whistler, substantially more than in Turin four years ago.
Fahey says he’s satisfied Canadian laws will allow police to help in the crackdown, even though there’s no specific new legislation allowing for drug raids, as there was in Turin.