30 of 47 DOCUMENTSUSA TODAYJuly 12, 2001, Thursday, FINAL EDITION
SLOC calls for 100% testing Proposal: All athletes face pre-Games drug tests
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MOSCOWMOSCOW -- Every athlete competing at the 2002 Winter Olympicswill take at least one unannounced, out-of-competition drug testbefore the Games begin in February if an unprecedented plan byGames organizers works.Never before has an organizing committee endeavored to make sure100% of the athletes take no-notice tests before the Gamesbegin."It's a very good initiative," said Jacques Rogge, vice presidentof the International Olympic Committee's medical commission."If we accomplish it, it will change, in my view, the world of Olympic sport,"
, Salt Lake Organizing Committee president,said Wednesday after meeting with the IOC's executive board.At the least, it will be another step in trying to change theworld perception toward U.S. anti-doping efforts. The USA hascome under fire in recent years, especially after news of U.S.shot putter C.J. Hunter's positive drug tests came out at theSydney Olympics.Within weeks of closing ceremonies in Sydney, the U.S. Anti-DopingAgency (USADA) began operations, and the USA has impressed theinternational anti-doping community with the moves it has madesince."It's been a remarkable progress," Harri Syvasalmi, secretarygeneral of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said Wednesday. "It'sfair to say it's really been a fast track, and we are very happyabout that."The progress includes the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision inPage 1