Victor Conte, convicted owner of the now-defunct BALCO laboratory that was at the centre of a global steroid scandal, said today that the drug-testing programme at the 2012 Olympics was irrelevant.
“It’s basically propaganda to come out and say this is the most expensively-tested Games ever and ‘we’re doing 6,000 tests’,” Conte was quoted as telling The Times newspaper.
“You have to put your hook and line in the water when the fish are biting and that was nine months ago. Is it easy to use drugs and benefit during (the) Olympics? Yes.”
The British newspaper also quoted Conte as estimating that “60 per cent of athletes at the Games were on drugs”.
Scientists have been working around the clock at a specially equipped anti-doping laboratory on the outskirts of London analysing more than 6,000 urine and blood samples during the Games.
Any of the 10,000-plus competitors can be required to test anytime, anywhere — trackside, poolside, in the athletes’ village or in private houses —