UK doping chief to head WADA observers in Sochi
LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain’s anti-doping agency will lead the World Anti-Doping Agency’s independent observer program at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
UK Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Andy Parkinson will head the eight-member team that will monitor drug-testing at the Sochi Games, which run from Feb. 7-23.
Drug-testing at the games is run by the International Olympic Committee.
WADA observers are assigned to monitor the testing “in a neutral and unbiased manner.”
The observer program has been run at every games since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The WADA team publishes a report on its findings after the games and proposes any changes for improvement.
The IOC plans to conduct a Winter Games record of 2,453 tests in Sochi.