IOC adopts ‘no needles’ policy for London Games



DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The IOC has adopted a “no needle” policy for the 2012 London Olympics that bars athletes from possessing syringes and other medical equipment that could be used for doping.

IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist tells The Associated Press that needles will be prohibited from living areas, locker rooms and training and competition sites without medical clearance.

The international cycling, rowing and gymnastics federations already have no-needle policies.

Ljungqvist says needles give “a very bad image and a bad message and can relate to misuse of drugs and doping.”