UK Anti-Doping and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and have this week signed a memorandum of understanding about how UK Anti-Doping will collaborate with LOCOG in delivering the Doping Control Programme at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Under the authority and direction of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, LOCOG will collect and test approximately 5,000 samples at the Olympic Games and 1,200 at the Paralympic Games. This is a significant increase from the previous Games and represents record numbers.
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, said: “We need to have a strong message that drugs cheats are not welcome at the London Games. The input of UK Anti-Doping, our new national anti-doping organisation, will assist LOCOG in the delivery of a world class anti-doping programme at the London Games.”
Andy Parkinson, UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive said: “UK Anti-Doping is pleased to work with and support LOCOG in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are partnering with LOCOG to develop a comprehensive programme of testing, athlete education and training for anti-doping volunteers in the lead-up to, and during, the London 2012 Games.”
Key elements of the agreement are:
• LOCOG to recruit specialist Doping Control Officers (DCOs), with the assistance of UK Anti-Doping, to volunteer in the LOCOG Doping Control Programme; volunteer DCOs will be sourced from UK Anti-Doping, other national anti-doping organisations, International Federations and local NHS Trusts
• UK Anti-Doping will provide a training programme for Doping Control Officers, Blood Collection Officers and chaperones
• UK Anti-Doping will provide expert staff to assist LOCOG to deliver their anti-doping programme during the Games
• LOCOG and UK Anti-Doping to work together to provide doping control at test events in 2011 and 2012
• UK Anti-Doping to deliver anti-doping education at selected test events.