July 25, 2012- Over 100 athletes will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming London Olympics due to doping suspensions. John Fahey, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), announced on Tuesday the results of a new program that was designed to test under suspicion athletes before their arrival in London.
In the first six months, through mid-June, 107 athletes received bans for doping, which ruled them out of the Olympics. Fahey did say that he was not sure if all of the athletes banned would have even qualified for the Games.
Making sure drug cheats are not in the Olympics was done through sharing information between sports federations, London organizers and WADA, said Fahey. He said there would be no let up while the games were being played, which start on Friday.
The International Olympic Committee has planned to conduct over 5,000 doping tests starting July 16, when the athletes’ village was opened through the conclusion of the Games.
All of the first 300 test taken since July 16 were negative, said Mark Adams a spokesman for IOC. Samples that are taken during the Olympics are held for eight years so retesting can be done if any new methods of detection are developed.
Retests were done of samples from the 2004 Olympics held in Athens and five possible positives results will require additional investigation.