IOC boss Jacques Rogge discusses retrospective anti-doping testing back 8 years on Olympic dope samples.
We suppose it is true, athletes are human, humans will cheat, and thus the Olympic Games athletes will cheat. Considering the hyper-competitiveness of the elite athletes one might expect even more cheating when the stakes are incredibly high. However, when the International Olympic Committee boss Jacques Rogge lays it out, it sounds depressing.
As here it is, IOC boss Rogge telling it like it is about doping and the Olympics (AFP) No more holding athletics up as the paragon of fair play and sportsmanship. Sad.
"I think one has to be realistic," Rogge said in an interview with the BBC's Inside Sport programme. "Drug-free sport in general is Utopia. It will be naive to believe that no-one will take drugs.
"There are about 400 million people practising sport on this globe, there are not 400 million saints on earth. Cheating is embedded in human nature and doping is to sport what criminality is to society. You will always need cops and judges and prisons and jails and rules and regulations."
Rogge outlines the retrospective testing protocols. Specimen samples will now be banked for 8 years, as new tests develop.
Rogge was speaking ahead of re-testing procedures from samples taken at the Beijing Olympics and he has already said that he expects further positive doping cases to emerge from these.
"We are going to re-test all the blood samples from Beijing," said Rogge. About 980 blood samples will be tested for erythropoietin [Cera], the new EPO test, but also insulin. So we are starting this re-testing, it will last a couple of weeks, so we'll see what comes out of it."
All the samples currently held will be available for testing by any new techniques that emerge between now and the 2016 Games. We are keeping the samples for eight years and we are going to re-test them," said Rogge. "And ultimately the judgement on the Beijing Games will be given in eight years' time, because each time a new scientific test is coming up we are going to re-test."
Interesting. Rogge describes retesting for the CERA EPO, and for insulin. Furthermore, it may be more common to see medal winners lose medals over time -- as Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones have -- with retrospective testing.