WADA President says anti-doping steps at PyeongChang Games going well
PyeongChang Feb 15 (IANS) President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie on Thursday said he was happy with the anti-doping programme at the ongoing PyeongChang Winter Games in South Korea.
"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wishes the athletes taking part to go through strong anti-doping programme so WADA and other international organisations have done 17 000 pre-Games tests which is more than I can remember. That s important for the anti-doping programme here " Reedie told Xinhua news agency.
"From WADA s point of view we have 18 independent observers here we have been looking at what s happening. We think it s running well and the organization is efficient here in PyeongChang. At the moment we are quite happy. But there s half of the Games to go so the anti-doping is very important in PyeongChang."
Japanese short track speedskater Kei Saito has tested positive in the first doping case of the PyeongChang Games. Saito has tested positive for acetazolamide a diuretic in an out-of-competition check.
"There are 3 000 athletes and so far one doping case. All we know is that the IOC removed the athlete s accreditation and he is no longer at the Games. I had a long discussion with Japanese officials. They are very concerned. But if you make mistakes you have to accept the penalties some penalties are more severe. from my point of view I hope there s only one case."