IOC to monitor needles,medical equipment in London

DURBAN, South Africa, (Reuters) – The use of needles  and medical equipment at the London 2012 Olympics will be  tightly controlled by the International Olympic Committee after  it adopted a ‘no needles’ policy yesterday to battle doping.

Team doctors will not be banned from treating athletes in  locker rooms, the field of play or the dormitories but will need  to inform Games  officials of their activities if they include  syringes and other equipment that could potentially be used for  doping purposes.

“We want to send a message that people behave properly in  relation to medical treatment,” Arne Ljungqvist, the head of the  IOC medical commission, told reporters after the IOC session  backed his proposal.

He said the IOC will not ban syringes and medical equipment  from the Olympic village or non-medical facilities but would  need to be aware of who is doing what at these locations.

“We do not want to act as police but should we come across  inappropriate behaviour we will report it,” he said.

Ljungqvist said while the enforcement of the plan still  needed to be worked out the IOC wanted to set an example.

“I am happy that the session by approving my report  supported this policy. It is also an attempt to make some steps  in preventing doping.”

While sanctions for those breaking the rules would lie with  their respective federations, the IOC reserved the right to  strip those athletes or medical staff of their Olympic  accreditations.

“It would be similar to finding a doping violation,” he  said.

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