The IOC executive board said on Wednesday that cracking down on drug cheats is their priority    Getty Images (Representational Image)
The IOC executive board said on Wednesday that cracking down on drug cheats is their priority Getty Images (Representational Image)

Lausanne (Switzerland): The International Olympic Committee Executive Board has decided to double the budget of pre-Olympic drug testing. The IOC executive board said on Wednesday that cracking down on drug cheats is their priority and agreed to double its budget for pre-games drug testing to $500,000, Xinhua news agency reported. “The fight against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy,” it said in a statement. “The budget for the pre-Olympic testing program is now doubled. The program comes on top of the extensive program already being carried out by international federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations. Special focus will be put on countries where the testing program is non-compliant – Kenya, Russia and Mexico,” it said. The IOC also decided to extend the re-testing program as the they will target medallists from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games for possible re-analysis.