The Brisbane Times picked up on a WADA report indicating anti-doping measures at the recent 2008 Beijing Olympics left something to be desired...like the loss of 300 samples. Oops.
The team of 10 independent observers charged with reporting on the Games drug testing procedures detailed the missing tests in their official report to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The report says: "once the (Beijing ) laboratory had apparently delivered all reports to the independent observer team it transpired that around 300 test results were missing in comparison to the doping control forms" The team checked the status of the laboratory results with the International Olympic Committee medical chairman and the observers reported that the IOC too "may be missing some reports".
The Chinese doping control lab lacked the capability to test for insulin...not to mention missed a 'control' spiked planted sample.
The observers also uncovered some surprising deviations from the normal drug testing procedures — including the fact that the Beijing laboratory could not test for one of the banned substances, insulin.
The laboratory also appeared to miss picking up one of the quality control samples that had contained a prohibited substance. The observers also reported that nearly half of the national Olympic committees did not provide the important whereabouts information of their athletes to enable effective pre-Games and out-of-competition drug testing.
As reported the other day, many countries failed to reveal the location of their athletes, thus making random testing impossible.
Initially more than 110 national committees out of the 204 teams competing at the Games failed to provide whereabouts information concerning their athletes.
After the issue was raised at a meeting on August 7, on the eve of the opening of the Beijing Olympics, there were still 102 countries which did not provide whereabouts.
These snafus do not lend to increased confidence in the doping control carried out in the Beijing Olympics. At least we know that the gymnasts ages were absolutely legitimate...