Tougher drug testing nothing new for some players

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Potential Olympic athletes went into an anti-doping testing pool on Friday, but for many players the new protocols have been the norm for some time.

Graham DeLaet said the Canadian Olympic Committee began their testing two months ago and officials have already been to his house in Scottsdale, Ariz., to administer a test.

DeLaet also had to start the whereabouts requirement that dictates a potential Olympian must notify officials where they are going to spend each night and where they are going to be one hour out of every day.

“The first time when we sat down and tried to map it out for two and a half months it was hard because you never know where you’re going to be and you don’t know if you’re going to make a cut,” DeLaet said following his round on Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship.


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Germany’s Martin Kaymer also began the new testing program a few weeks ago.

“I had so many doping tests already,” Kaymer said. “But if that’s what it takes to play in the Olympic Games then I don’t mind because for me it’s a massive thing.”

Kaymer has already been tested twice at his home in Germany and again when he went to Cologne for a physical to prepare for this year’s Games.

“It’s not easy, I sit down once a week and fill it out,” Kaymer said of the whereabouts requirement. “But when plans change that’s when it becomes difficult. There’s a lot of work, but I’d rather do it myself than being like other athletes who just give it to someone else.”

Although all of the players currently qualified for the Games, 60 men and 60 women, went into the Olympic anti-doping pool on Friday, there were no signs of the elevated requirements or additional testing at Quail Hollow.