October 15, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Summer sports federations are joining forces on a common anti-doping strategy ahead of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations organized a meeting between leaders of the 26 sports on the Rio program and experts from the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency.

ASOIF says each federation will appoint a designated representative to coordinate the exchange of information and intelligence on drug-testing issues for Rio.

Margo Mountjoy, chair of the ASOIF medical group, says ''this is important knowledge for driving and influencing targeted testing during the lead-in period before the games.''

ASOIF executive director Andrew Ryan says the meeting underlined that ''all key players are aligned and ready to work together on protecting clean athletes on the road to Rio.''

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