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Sochi Olympics: toughest ever anti-doping programme

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The Medical Director of the International Olympic committee on Tuesday said the Sochi Winter Olympics would witness the toughest anti-doping programme in the history of the winter games.

Some 2450 tests will be carried out at the Games – around 300 more than at Vancouver 2010

Dr Richard Budgett said: “Well in Sochi we will have a more stringent and a more global testing programme than ever before. There are more tests, 14% more tests, but probably the most important change is the fact that they’re being targeted more intelligently than ever before.”

Dr Budgett’s comments come 24 hours after an undercover report by ARD – a consortium of German broadcasters – revealed that a new, undetectable drug was on the market.

According to the report MGF was made available by the internationally renowned staff of the Russian Academy of Sciences, based in Moscow and is similar to the banned IGF 1 drug which helps accelerate muscle growth.