Feb 16 2014, 8:41pm CST | by Julia Sugawara
It’s been nine days since the beginning of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and things have been going quite well for the organizers. So far there wasn’t any mishap in the events and the teams were quite relaxed as there wasn’t any doping incidence in this event until now. But the IOC drug testers are confident that they will find cheats sooner or later. Since there weren’t any incidents of doping, they are suspecting that the players involved in the use of drugs might be using cheats and this is why; they are coming up with new ways, technologies and strategies to cope with this.
Drug testing has always been a big issue for the Olympics. Since it is considered as one of the gray areas of this sport, everyone is really serious about this and the testing has carried out for a long time in the Olympics. There are certain drugs that can boost the performance of the athletes while there are many essential drugs that the athletes are prescribed for health reasons. However, finding out the difference and sorting out the athletes who are using drugs for extra advantage has been the biggest challenge for the IOC drug testers. Nevertheless, the crook athletes have been always sharp enough to come up with new ways to cheat the test as well. This is why; the drug testers are always their toes and they are also bringing in the approaches to deal with this.
In the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, a total of 2453 tests will be carried out under the IOC's authority. Among those tests, 1269 will be carried out pre-competition and the remaining 1184 tests will be conducted on the medalists and other athletes selected after they have competed. Within this time frame, they have carried out a number of tests and so far no one was caught in the act. Although it might seem as a good trend, the drug testers are worried that there might be something fishy in it.
The head of the IOC's medical commission Arne Ljungqvist, stated that test samples taken in Sochi can be re-analyzed over the next 10 years. She also added “We have better methods today than we did in 2002 in Salt Lake City. We can identify if substances have been used for a much longer period back than we could at that time. The message to the athletes is that if you cheat, if you take drugs, if we don't find you now we will find you sooner or later."
While trends show a positive attitude among the players and the number of doping incidences on the downfall, everyone is thinking that things might have finally taken a turn for the best. But drug testers are still on the hunt for any incidence and no one is beyond doubt. Even though a few people are now pointing to the Team USA as they are doing so great in the game, some are indicting doping in the American athletes. But we are confident that our Team USA is too smart to get into those useless problems.
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