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The International Olympic Committee has set up an anti-doping task force ahead of the Winter Games in South Korea. NEW

It's one of the measures established to protect clean athletes.

The aim is to identify potential testing gaps and make recommendations to the relevant bodies.

The IOC says the initiative - in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will reinforce the importance of "intelligent and intensive testing on prospective athletes through a coordinated effort amongst all relevant Anti-Doping Organisations at the national and international levels".

Assessments and risk analysis, focused on sports or countries that present a potential risk with a particular emphasis on Russian athletes, were completed by the task force in August and detailed recommendations were sent to international sports federations and the national anti-doping agencies.

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There's also been a new analysis of 1,195 stored urine samples from Vancouver 2010.

They included all the medallists and all 170 Russian athletes.

The IOC requested all the Russian samples be re-tested after the publication of the McLaren Report which alleged state-sponsored doping in the country during and after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

There were only three adverse findings in the Vancouver re-analysis, all relating to one unnamed athlete.

The testing used improved methods to detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of the Games.

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"This wide ranging re-analysis is another demonstration of the IOC's commitment to fight against doping and to protect clean athletes," said IOC President Thomas Bach.

"The Vancouver 2010 re-analysis programme was done in full cooperation with WADA and with the help and support of stakeholders such as International Federations and experts," he added.

"With regard to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, pre-Games anti-doping tests are already underway with a special focus on high risk sports and nationalities."

All 254 urine samples collected from Russian athletes at Sochi are also being re-tested.

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