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Strict Drug Tests for Doha Asian Games

Posted November. 29, 2006 06:44,   


The Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee (DAGOC) has warned players to be prepared for doping tests.

The DAGOC announced yesterday that its doping tests would be the harshest among recent games. Urinalysis used to be conducted for medalists only, but blood tests for randomly chosen players. “We conducted doping tests for all Korean players for 40 days, but nobody showed a positive reaction.” said an official of Taeneung National Athletic Village, assuming that there would be no problem for Korean team.

Japan launched a publicity campaign in Doha with the intention of attracting the summer Olympics in 2016 to Tokyo. “The Asian Games are the first international P.R. opportunity, and it would be a great chance for us,” said Hayasi Tsutomu, the head of the Japanese team. “Doha has more money, but we have better human resources. We expect more than 50 gold medals, or at least more than 44 of last year. ” Japan won 44 gold medals and took third place in the Busan Asia Games in 2002, followed by South Korea.

The DAGOC will hold daily media conferences and six language translation services, Korean, Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian will be offered for reporters. 45 countries are participating in this year’s Asian Games.