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China to Increase Doping Tests at 2008 Olympics


China plans to carry out a record 4,500 doping tests during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That is 1,000 more than the number carried out at this year's Athens Olympics.

Details of the increased testing plans were revealed as Australian officials visited a drug testing laboratory Tuesday in Beijing. Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said China has made great progress in the fight against drugs in sport. He added the Chinese are demonstrating to the world their commitment by doing more tests than anyone else.

Coates and Australian swimming gold medalist Grant Hackett were in Beijing to sign a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Olympic Committee.

Under the deal, signed on Monday, Australian athletes will train and compete in China over the next three years in national, international and Olympic test events. Australian coaches, judges, officials and scientists will attend seminars and exchange ideas beneficial to both countries.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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