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'Serious failings' in Olympics drug testing

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>> The highs and lows of Olympic sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency giving a mixed review of efforts to stamp out cheating at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As well as some impressive advances, the program also had a number of serious failings, according to Reuters sports editor Mitch Phillips.>> A lot of the athletes who were supposed to be tested just couldn't be found, they said.
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There was a resourcing issue that within the scale of the testing program, they did not have enough people to do it. The organization wasn't in place enough to track down the athletes. It's up to 50% of the athletes testing they hoped to make, they couldn't track them down.
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>> Inadequate funding of both WADA and local organizers meant resources were stretched. In many high-risk sports like weight lifting, there was no blood testing at all.>> Some leading weight lifting countries are banned from the sport at the moment, so you would think that would be massively tested.
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But again, WADA said that possibly the highest risk sport in the whole Olympics didn't have blood testing. They were very surprised at that.>> Concerns also raised around chaperones. Many failed to turn up on time and those that did arrive often had not training and spoke little English.
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Communication also failing in the transfer of knowledge from previous Games.>> What seemed to happen this time is that they didn't learn the lessons of London and made mistakes that had been made previously. So it went backwards. They're saying that for the next Games in PyeongChang, for the Winter Games, they'll be looking to London for their example.
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>> The International Olympic Committee says it's not worried about the integrity of the program. But it recognizes some tests weren't carried out because of resourcing issues.