More Intrusive Drug Testing Planned By The IOC

Protect the rings.

The International Olympic Committee is planning to move into a new phase of its effort to clean up so-called cheating within the Olympic movement in time for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC wants to start gene testing as its forges ahead into a rather new intrusive method of protecting something, probably the money flow rather than an athlete’s health. The specifics of gene testing have not been released but the IOC wants to be on the cutting edge of finding cheats although those cheats might be lawbreakers which is something the IOC doesn’t seem care about. Catching cheaters is the mission for the barons of the five rings.

The International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said it is all about cheating and that is why the IOC wants intrusive drug testing which includes blood work or dried blood testing. Bach recently told a gathering of members of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a private sports body that gets global governmental funding, about the new gadgets in the tool box that are at the IOC’s disposal. “With research on genetic sequencing progressing well, this new approach could be a ground-breaking method to detect blood doping, weeks or even months after it took place,” Bach told an audience of 1,600 delegates from the Olympic Movement, national anti-doping organizations and government agencies. “If approved by WADA, such new gene testing could be used already at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. These new methods will again strengthen deterrence. We want the cheats to never feel safe, anytime or anywhere.” In the build up to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, then IOC President Jacques Rogge begged Italian law authorities not to go after athlete’s doping. Rogge downplayed the criminal aspect asking authorities to let the IOC administer its form of justice.

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