• Australia stiffens drug testing ahead of Rio


    SYDNEY: Drug testing of Australia’s athletes began eight months ago in a rigorous anti-doping program ahead of this year’s Rio Olympics to help protect the country’s reputation, authorities revealed Monday. With doping in the global spotlight, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) called it the most intensive programme of any Australian Olympic team to date. ASADA chief Ben McDevitt said the approach maximised drug tester’s opportunities to detect cheating and protect clean athletes.



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