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CRICKET: Sochi 2014 to have 'most stringent' anti-doping programme

Published:Monday | February 3, 2014 | 8:43 AM

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says Sochi 2014 will have the most stringent anti-doping programme seen at a Winter Olympics.



IOC communications director Mark Adams says there will be 2,453 tests carried out in total.



The announcement comes three days after Russian biathlete Irina Starykh pulled out of the Games after a positive test.



There were 2,149 tests carried out at the Vancouver Games four years ago, 14 per cent fewer than the total to be done in Sochi.



And there will be 1,184 post-competition tests after this year's Games in Russia, with a focus on "higher risk" sports and team sports including ice hockey.



Samples will also be kept for 10 years should technology further improve and allow for future testing.



The Sochi 2014 opening ceremony takes place on Friday, with the first events taking place the day before.



Jamaica will be among the countries competing at Sochi 2014.



Jamaica will be represented by Driver Winston Watt and brakeman Marvin Dixon in the two-man bobsleigh team competition.



Jamaica's qualification to Sochi 2014 ends 1 12-year absence from the Winter Olympics.



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