Japan promises to organize “model” drug-free Olympics

5 years ago by in Sports

Tokyo promises to organize the strictest Olympic Games in the world when it comes to anti-doping rules if it will be chosen to host the 2020 edition.

“Japan is a world leader in anti-doping, and we are proud to have one of the world’s highest standards of medical care,” said Masato Mizuno, vice president of the Japanese Olympic Committee.

“Japan will continue to be in the forefront of anti-doping activities going forward, and in 2020 we look forward to offering a model of clean sport as a legacy of excellence throughout the world,” Mizuno said.

Japan’s record with doping is admirable, say sport insiders, as the country combines testing in high-tech laboratories with social disapproval of using chemical enhancements.

“It is true that Japan is one of the strongest countries” as far as drug testing is concerned, Canadian Dick Pound, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member who was the first president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), told AFP in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The country that does have a few problems is Spain,” he said, according to the international press.

The IOC will meet in Buenos Aires in September to choose the winner of the three shortlisted cities — Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid – that will be the host of the 2020 summer Games.