Gold Coast - Anti-doping officials conducted more than 3 000
tests ahead of the Commonwealth Games in an effort to weed out athletes who
might be cheating well ahead of their competitions.
David Sharpe, chief executive of the Australian Sports
Anti-Doping Authority, said on Thursday that 2 600 tests were conducted on
Australian athletes and 500 more on international athletes, some of whom were
only at the qualifying stage for the April 4-15 games on the Gold Coast.
Dr. Mani Jegathesan of the Commonwealth Games Federation's
medical commission said doping samples from Commonwealth Games athletes would
now be stored for 10 years so they could be retested when new testing regimens
Jegathesan said anti-doping authorities take into account
the "risk element" and use intelligence reports so that "every