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World Anti-Doping Agency Praises China's Drug Testing Programs for Summer Olympics


The World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, has praised China's drug testing programs for the Beijing Olympics, but has asked organizers to increase efforts to intercept banned substances.

At a meeting in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, WADA president John Fahey endorsed Beijing's anti-doping efforts after visiting a state-of-the art laboratory there this month. He said testing would be more stringent than ever in Beijing, with numerous "chaperones" to ensure athletes submitted genuine blood and urine samples.

But Fahey also asked Chinese authorities to increase customs and immigration checks to prevent performance-enhancing drugs from reaching the Olympics.

WADA has announced the Beijing labs will be able to implement advanced tests for human growth hormone HGH before and during the Games from August 8-24. Fahey believes advanced testing in China will bring a "much more effective outcome in dealing with anyone who seeks to cheat."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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