IPC accuses Paralympic Games' organizers of inadequate drugs tests to 'save cash'

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 03, 2012 11:40 hrs

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has blamed the London Olympics Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) of scaling back on drugs testing at the ongoing Games to save money.

Only 1,250 of the 4,600 athletes challenging at the Paralympics will be tested for drugs during the Games and only one or two of the medallists in each event will be screened.

The IPC had at first requested London organisers to make sure that every medallist was tested, in line with the policy at the Olympics.

Jose Pascual, the IPC head of drug testing, said 1,250 samples would be taken from the 4,600 athletes competing during the Paralympics, with at least one medallist from each competition.

"Of course it has to do with money, it is only the money [stopping all medallists being tested," the Telegraph quoted Pascual, as saying.

However, Debbie Jevans, the LOCOG director of sport, denied that monetary considerations underpinned the numbers of drug tests conducted at the Paralympics

"It is not money. The number of tests was agreed in advance. How we carry out the drug-testing programme is not based on cost," Jevans said. (ANI)

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