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107 athletes banned from Olympics for doping


Olympics minister Hugh Robertson (left), London 2012 Chief Executive Paul Deighton (second from left), and CEO of GSK Sir Andrew Witty (2nd from right), are shown a vial of blood by Professor David Cowan, the Head of Science for London 2012, in the anti-doping laboratory which will test athlete's samples from the London 2012 Games.


Oli Scarff

More than 100 athletes were caught doping and sanctioned in the months leading up to the London Olympic Games.

World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey announced on Tuesday the results of a program designed to test athletes suspected of doping before they arrived in London, reported the Associated Press. In the six months leading up to mid-June, when the official Olympic period started, at least 107 athletes drew doping bans, making them ineligible to compete in the Games. But Fahey acknowledged that perhaps not all of the athletes would have qualified for the Olympics.

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"Had that been their ambition, then I am pleased to say that they are not with us in London," Fahey told the International Olympic Committee's annual gathering, according to the AP.

While the Games are set to begin on Friday and run until August 12, the in-competition testing period started when the athletes' village opened and the Olympic period had its official start on July 16, reported Reuters. The IOC said 300 drug tests had already been administered since that date, but none had read positive.

"These efforts in the lead-up to the Games are bearing fruit," Fahey told Reuters. "They (doping offenders) should know that avoiding detection is the smallest (possibility) it has ever been."

According to the AP, the IOC plans to conduct more than 5,000 doping tests during the official Olympic period.

Reuters reported that there were 20 proven cases of doping at the Beijing Games four years ago, including six horses.