| July 10
July 10 The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency
has called on athletes using performing enhancing drugs to pull
themselves out of the London Olympics.
WADA president John Fahey said the Games would be the most
tested ever and that athletes owed it to their teams and their
opponents, as well as the image of the Olympics, to play fair
and quit before competing.
"I say this in the clearest way possible: if you are a
doping athlete and you are planning to compete in London then
you must withdraw from your Olympic team," Fahey said in a
"Doping is cheating, plain and simple. And if you compete in
London as a doped athlete then not only will you be cheating
your fellow athletes, you will be cheating sports fans across
the world, doing a disservice to your national flag and flouting
the ideals of the Olympic Movement," he said.
The Games begins on July 27 and run until August 12 although
the 'in-competition' testing period start with the opening of
the Athletes Village on July 16.
There will be around 6,250 samples analysed at the Games
while U.K Anti Doping have also been mandated to test in
pre-competition training camps.
"There has been a coherent effort to make London 2012 as
'clean' as possible and doping athletes should know that their
chances of avoiding detection are the smallest they have ever
been," said Fahey.
"A doping athlete cannot achieve success, it is a complete
contradiction. Even if a doping athlete were to win a medal he
or she would never be able to look at themselves in the mirror
and say 'well done, I deserved this'," he added.
"The Olympic Games is the absolute pinnacle for many
athletes, and for them to train endlessly over a four-year
period and then have their efforts belittled by a doping
athlete, to me that is complete and utter betrayal of what sport
There were 20 proven cases of doping at the Beijing Games
four years ago, including six horses, down from 26 cases in
Athens in 2004.
"Athletes are responsible for what they put into their
bodies and athletes are responsible for whether or not they
choose to dope," said Fahey.
(Editing by Julian Linden)