25 September 2012

WADA publishes Independent Observer Report for 2012 Olympic Games

WADA has completed and published its Independent Observer (IO) Report on the anti-doping program at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA is invited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to send an IO Team to all Olympic Games, and deliver a final report on the effectiveness of the program and any recommendations for improving it.

“WADA was impressed with the anti-doping program the IOC put in place in conjunction with the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and this is reflected in the overall positive nature of the report,” said WADA President John Fahey.

“The IO Team appreciated the co-operation and support it received from the IOC and LOCOG, which allowed it to complete its mission to the best of its ability and in the fullest interests of all clean athletes who aspire to compete at the Games.”

The IO Team monitored all aspects of the anti-doping program in London, including test distribution planning, the selection of competitors for testing, notification of doping control, Therapeutic Use Exemption procedure, chain of custody, sample analysis and results management.

As is the case following all IO Missions, the report included a number of recommendations designed to further enhance anti-doping activities at future Games.