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A Wada report on the anti-doping methods employed at Rio 2016 has highlighted "serious failings", BBC reports.


The World Anti-Doping Agency said many athletes who had been targeted for testing "simply could not be found".


It added that, on some days, "up to 50% of tests were aborted".


Its 55-page Independent Observers report found that, of the 11,470 athletes, 4,125 had no record of any testing in 2016, of whom 1,913 were competing in 10 "higher-risk sports".


It also said:

  • nearly 100 samples were not matched to an athlete because of data entry errors
  • one missing sample was not located until two weeks after the Games
  • there was little or no in-competition blood testing in many high-risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting
  • there was no out-of-competition testing conducted in football, which Wada found "surprising"
  • there were almost 500 fewer tests conducted than organisers had planned during the games
  • without the dedication of doping-control staff, "the anti-doping program would have almost certainly collapsed"
  • as of 8 August, only 4,795 athletes were providing whereabouts information in the anti-doping system


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is responsible for delivering the anti-doping programme for the Olympic Games.


Wada mentioned several "failings" surrounding inadequate support for the chaperones employed to notify athletes of testing.





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