Olympic officials vow targeted testing in high-profile sports

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

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IOC President Jacques Rogge admits the current drug-testing system does not work. (USATSI)

IOC president Jacques Rogge says the 250,000 drug tests administered annually to Olympic athletes are failing to catch serious offenders.

As a result, officials plan to introduce more targeted, out-of-competition testing in high-profile sports.

“There should be more targeted testing with athletes that might be considered as being suspicious,” Rogge told the Associated Press after a summit at IOC headquarters in Switzerland. “Top sports should be targeted more than others because of the effect of doping on their performances, and the prevalence of doping. All of that was discussed and definitely will lead to an implementation.

"Quantitatively, there was no call to do more testing because there is already 250,000 tests a year,” Rogge added in the interview. “But qualitatively, [there was a call] to make better use of this testing, do more out of competition and definitely more targeting, both of the athletes and the sports.”

The meeting centered on the World Anti-Doping Agency, which was formed in 1999 to combat drug cheats and will elect a new president in November.

According to the AP, summer sports federations asked for the meeting “following public spats between WADA and the International Cycling Union over the Lance Armstrong doping case.”

Former WADA president Dick Pound submitted a report last week asserting athletes can cheat the system “because of a lack of will among sports organizations, governments and athletes,” the AP reported. Pound's report said that of the 250,000 annual drug tests, less than 1 percent showed positive findings of serious doping.

 
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