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UK doping chief to head WADA observers in Sochi

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 12:10pm  ET

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.


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