UK doping chief to head WADA observers in Sochi

The head of Britain’s anti-doping agency will lead the World

Anti-Doping Agency’s independent observer program at the Winter

Olympics in Sochi.

UK Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Andy Parkinson will head

the eight-member team that will monitor drug-testing at the Sochi

Games, which run from Feb. 7-23.

Drug-testing at the games is run by the International Olympic

Committee.

WADA observers are assigned to monitor the testing ”in a

neutral and unbiased manner.”

The observer program has been run at every games since the 2000

Sydney Olympics. The WADA team publishes a report on its findings

after the games and proposes any changes for improvement.

The IOC plans to conduct a Winter Games record of 2,453 tests in

Sochi.