Doping tests on athletes the 1980 Moscow Olympics will be more sophisticated than ever before according to a top official of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Doping tests on athletes the 1980 Moscow Olympics will be more sophisticated than ever before according to a top official of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Prince Alexandre de Merode of Belgium, who heads the IOC's Medical Commission, told a news conference in Moscow that the new doping laboratory would be able to test for twice as many banned drugs as at any previous Games.
SYNOPSIS: Prince Alexandre said that the Medical Committee had spent four days touring the sites to be used during the 1980 games.
The Medical Committee, he said, is completely satisfied with the medical services available for next year's Olympics. As to the Olympic Village, Prince Alexandre said it was a model of what can be done in that field. Unlike the Olympic Village at Montreal, the one in Moscow is fully completed, nearly a year in advance.
Later, in an interview published in Moscow, the head of the Medical Committee said that the Moscow Olympics would have the most sophisticated doping tests ever. He said that the Moscow Doping Laboratory, staffed by Soviet specialists, staffed by Soviet specialists, would be able to trace twice as many banned drugs in athletes as at any previous Olympic Games. The new laboratory will be able to have the tests analysed, and the results back on the same day, rather than the week it usually takes. the method of taking samples will be simplified he said, and athletes will only inconvenienced once, rather than several times, as had happened in the past.