IOC dispatches tough Beijing doping regulations

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    LONDON (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee dispatched details of the tough anti-doping regulations it will implement at this year's Beijing Games to all national committees on Thursday.

    Under the new rules, the IOC has increased the number of tests from the 3,600 conducted in Athens four years ago to 4,500 as it pushes for a cleaner Olympics.

    Other elements included in the revised regulations for the August 8-24 Games are that athletes can be tested more than once on the same day and even the possession of a prohibited substance will constitute a violation of the rules.

    The IOC will take charge of delegating doping controls from July 27 when the period of the Olympic Games officially starts. Until that day, doping controls will be the responsibility of World Anti-Doping Agency.

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