By: Kate Kelland
(Reuters) – Intelligence gathered from everyone from cleaning staff to customs officials will help authorities to target drug testing at the athletes, sports and nations most likely to cheat at the London 2012 Olympic Games, anti-doping experts said on Monday.
Jonathan Harris, the London Games’ anti-doping medical services manager, said the number of tests carried out would be record breaking – some 5,000 tests among 10,500 athletes – and said targeting the tests at the right people and sports would be vital to ensuring a drug-free games.
“It’s not about the weight of the tests, but it’s about using those tests more effectively than before,” he told an anti-doping conference in London.
Harris, who was speaking alongside Andy Parkinson of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and David Cowan, head of the Drug Control Center at King’s College London, who will head the drug-testing laboratory during London 2102, said officials would have a daily “breakfast meeting” during the Games to share intelligence and decide where to focus efforts.
“What we’re trying to do is work with sources of information in order to provide an intelligent testing program,” Harris said. “That’s the key.
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