Drugs Free Olympics

This article seeks to examine the measures that have been put in place to identify and disqualify drug users at the Olympics in London 2012.  Hugh Robertson – the UK Minister of Sports and Olympics – stated that “We cannot absolutely guarantee that these will be drug-free games, but we can guarantee that we have got the very best system possible to try and catch anybody who even thinks of cheating.” 

Over the last decade, statistics have shown that the number of doping cases reported has consistently decreased at each consecutive Summer Olympics. According to the International Olympics Committee’s January 2010 report, the number of athletes tested in Athens, Greece was 3,667 compared to 4,770 done in Beijing China.

The number of reported doping cases decreased from 26 in 2004 to 20 in 2008. These numbers indicate that measures are being put in place to improve vigilance and reduce the number of doping cases at the Olympics.

Measures being taken to ensure a drug free Olympics:

1. The International Olympic Committee advised that they can appoint the World Anti-Doping Agency and any other Anti-Doping Organization to carry out Doping Controls, on behalf of the IOC, during the Period of the London Olympics, outside of the United Kingdom and at non-Olympic venues inside of the United Kingdom. In addition to this, all athletes shall be subject, during the Period of the Olympic Games to Doping Controls initiated by the IOC at any time or place with no advance notice required to be given to the athletes. These rules stated by the International Olympic Committee will aid anti-doping efforts as tests can be run extensively to prevent cheating.