In brief: IOC set for anti-doping push


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The International Olympic Committee has set up a $20m (£12m) anti-doping fund to boost detection methods and will hold an extraordinary session next year to push through changes for sports at the Olympic Games, its president, Thomas Bach, said today.

The German revealed that the IOC had set aside $10 million for the anti-doping fund and another $10 million to monitor manipulation of athletes in conjunction with Interpol. “I hope the IOC members will be ready for change,” Bach said. “I think we should look a bit further and put in question whether urine and blood tests are the only ones or best ones. Whether we could not have more reliable tests with hairs, cells. It would be very helpful if there was another test method to find prohibited substances for a longer time.”

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