Beijing: The Chinese government received a glowing report on Wednesday from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief John Fahey for the progress made on tackling drugs in sport.
The 63-year-old former Australian finance minister -- who succeeded Dick Pound last year -- said WADA had been working closely with the Chinese authorities for several years in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics.
Fahey, whose main international claim to fame is to have foiled an assassination attempt on Britain’s Prince Charles in 1994, said real progress had been made in a country whose reputation has often been sullied by doping scandals surrounding their own athletes and swimmers.
While there will be 4,500 doping tests during the Games, WADA’s direct involvement ended once the Olympic village opened and they will be here solely as independent observers of the testing.
Fahey added that while doping authorities have done all in their power to ensure that no athletes slipped through the net prior to arriving in Beijing, they could not be blamed for the fact some would arrive doped.
“The real onus is on the countries and the national federations to see that their athletes arrive clean,” he said.
Several doping scandals have already hit the Olympics, including India withdrawing weightlifter Monika Devi on Wednesday after she tested positive for a banned steroid in a pre-Games test.