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13th September 2015
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied that a shortage of volunteers has affected anti-doping at the Rio 2016 Olympics, after the Daily Telegraph reported that no-shows, walkouts by volunteers and testers and security lapses had compromised the process. “It is correct that there are fewer volunteer chaperones than planned, which reflects the situation across the Games, but thanks to the hard work and dedication of the majority of both international and Brazilian volunteer chaperones and the Brazilian and international Doping Control Officers the integrity and quality of the Doping Control programme has been maintained for the protection of clean athletes”, said an IOC spokesperson.
“The integrity and quality of the doping Control programme at the Olympic Games is of highest priority to the IOC”, continued the spokesperson. “The IOC Doping Control programme at the Olympic Games is the largest of any sporting event in the world and Rio is on track to conduct over 5,000 tests. The challenges for the organising committee of conducting so many tests in such a short time are considerable.”
Mario Andrade, Director of Communications for Rio 2016, told the newspaper that early on in the Games, volunteers had failed to clear the corridors leading to testing areas. “In the beginning of the Games, people complained about lack of training of the volunteers,” he said. “Not all the corridors leading to the doping areas were cleared. The volunteers were not firm enough and some people were very close to the areas that shouldn’t be entered. We corrected this issue.”
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