Winter Olympics a test of anti-doping efforts

The gold medal for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is seen on display during a presentation...

The gold medal for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is seen on display during a presentation in St. Petersburg May 30, 2013. (REUTERS)

Simon Kent, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games centred on Sochi, Russia, will be yet another trial for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its determined campaign to keep all sport drug free.

John Fahey says the toughest test regimes in sport will be administered and tailored with the knowledge that this marks the first time that the Russian Federation has hosted the massive event.

“Of course, the old Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow,” Fahey said. “But that was another time and place for drug testing.

“As dopers have become more sophisticated in what they do, so too have we. More athletes will be tested at Sochi than ever before and anyone who ends up standing on a podium with a medal around their neck should know now they will be tested — no exceptions.

“WADA and the IOC share the same aim of ridding sport of dopers forever.”

The host city, Sochi, has a population of 400,000 people and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest re


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