A paltry 23 out-of-competition (OOC) tests were conducted during the 7 months leading to the Beijing Games. The remaining 87 (i.e., 79.1 percent) of OOC tests took place between September and December: After the US Open, Olympic Games, and pretty much everything else. Do these numbers give you confidence that the tennis at the 2008 Games was clean?
I wonder what the distribution will look like for 2012? And since the ITF has stopped publishing detailed anti-doping statistics, will we ever find out?
|The ITF conducted only 23 out-of-competition tests leading up to the Beijing Olympics.|
Data Source: ITF
Update #1: Here's an informative article about substances/methods used for doping. It notes that 1001 drugs tests have been conducted at the London Games since July 16th (2 positive tests announced so far), 715 urine tests and 286 blood tests.
Update #2: Sprinter Tameka Williams, from St. Kitts, has been withdrawn from the Olympics after admitting to using a banned substance.
Update #3: Swimmer Ye Shiwen says: "There is no problem with doping, the Chinese team has a firm policy so there is no problem with that."