Beijing Olympics will have largest number of dope tests

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Beijing Olympics scheduled for August this year will feature the largest number of dope tests in the history of the Games.

Updated: March 07, 2008 15:05 IST
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The Beijing Olympics scheduled for August this year here would feature the largest number of dope tests in the history of the Games, a top official of the organizing committee said.

"China is resolute against doping and would use hi-tech measures as part of anti-doping efforts", Jiang Xiaoyu, Vice-President of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) said.

Firming the idea further, Cui Dalin, Deputy Director of the State General Administration of Sport, said that China had imposed anti-doping requirements on all the participating athletes and initiated steps to prevent them from mistakenly using banned drugs.

"As far as the Chinese teams are concerned, we would rather lose gold medals than dope," Cui added.

The officials, both members of Chinas top political advisory body, the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference, which is currently holding its annual session here, were quoted as saying official Xinhua news agency.

Meanwhile, Liu Jingmin, Vice-Mayor of Beijing and Executive Vice-President of the BOCOG, responding to political issues being linked with the Games said, "The world is vast with different voices, but we must carry on preparations for the Olympic Games as scheduled." Cui said criticism would not dampen Chinas enthusiasm and added, "The more problems we find out now, the better the Olympic Games would be".

Commenting on political issues surrounding games, Jiang said, "As International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said, the Games is solely a sporting gala that shouldn't be linked with politics."

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