The International Olympic Committee is “very concerned” after learning the new anti-doping test bottles used for the Pyeongchang Olympics can be opened after samples are secured.
The IOC released a statement Monday saying they are working with the World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure all tests at the Olympics are “credible and reliable.”
The full statement read:
“The IOC is very concerned about the issue. From the moment we learned about it, we immediately turned to WADA and asked them to ensure that the anti-doping tests in PyeongChang can be conducted in a credible and reliable way. WADA informed us that they were in contact with the bottle manufacturer, Berlinger. We have full confidence in WADA that they will find a solution for this issue.”
The Berlinger bottles were introduced last year as a measure to increase security around the Olympics. WADA received reports that those bottles could be opened if they were frozen. Using this method, the bottles showed no signs of tampering.
Neither the IOC or WADA has announced an alternative to the Berlinger bottles. The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin Feb. 9.
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