October 8, 2008
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WADA Statement on Retesting of Beijing Olympic Games Samples

WADA is pleased with the approach adopted by the International Olympic Committee in relation to the samples of the Beijing Olympic Games. Retesting of samples as science advances is a powerful weapon in the fight against doping in sport, as shown by recent cases at the Tour de France.

The World Anti-Doping Code makes it possible to open a disciplinary proceeding within eight years from the date an anti-doping rule violation occurred. “We suggest that athletes who may be tempted to cheat keep this reality in mind and we believe that retrospective testing will serve as a strong deterrent,” said WADA’s President, the Hon. John Fahey.