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ELEANOR HALL: The AOC held it's own press conference this morning to give a snapshot of
preparations by the Australian team, 100 days out from the Games.

And despite concerns over heat, humidity and air quality in Beijing, the AOC president John Coates
summarised the situation by saying "we're in pretty good shape."

The World Anti-Doping Agency followed with a press briefing to outline it's procedures to stamp out
drug cheating at the August Games.

Our reporter Lisa Millar was there and she joins us now.

So Lisa, what is the message from the anti-doping authority?

LISA MILLAR: Well if there's any bad news, Eleanor, we're not going to hear about it.

It's good news all round. Both from the AOC and from the Anti-Doping Agency, and of course it's new
president John Fahey, who brings with him his involvement of course, in the Sydney Olympics.

He can talk about his experiences there. He spent several days in Beijing just a fortnight ago.

He says Beijing is in an advanced state of readiness, that the facilities, the anti-doping centre
that's been built specifically for the Olympics is a world class facility, that the laboratories
are world class. And that there'll be more than a thousand people doing the testing.

Now the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), doesn't actually do the testing. It oversees it and makes
sure that it's been done correctly. He's super confident that it's all going to be done well in

He says he senses from Beijing that there's an enormous commitment to making this as clean a Games
as possible.

No one can ever say it will be completely clean but there will be 4,500 tests done during the

ELEANOR HALL: I think that's the claim of every Olympic Games in the last couple of decades, isn't

But isn't the big worry still the human growth hormone, that one that helped Marion Jones at the
Sydney Olympics?

LISA MILLAR: Well of course this is the drug that is considered the drug of choice for elite
athletes, if you want to put it this way. Because they can take it in the lead up to an event, they
can get the benefits from it, they can stop taking it and still have the benefits but come up clean
in the testing.

Now, John Fahey says that there will be new kits in place in time for Beijing. There'll be blood
tests, there'll be several hundred done.

And the message that he wants to get out is that if athletes think that they can still get away
with it, they're going to be making a big mistake. That it's not going to happen this time around.

As he put it this morning, the men in white coats working for the good guys are very quickly
catching up with the men in white coats working for the bad guys.

ELEANOR HALL: And what's the AOC saying about the shape of the Australian team?

LISA MILLAR: Good news again, Eleanor. Surprise, surprise.

Everyone's putting a positive spin on it all, even the pollution they're saying they're not overly
concerned about at the moment.

That all they can do is hope for the most ideal conditions.

The team is pretty much taking shape. There'll be 440 athletes overall, which is actually slightly
smaller than Athens. That's because even though we won a silver medal in the men's baseball in
Athens we didn't qualify.

The Australian team didn't qualify this time around, so there's no baseball team competing.

The concern over whether athletes can take in their own food, he addressed that situation - that's
okay. They'll be able to do that.

In fact they didn't want to get too far ahead of themselves, but they were already suggesting plans
were in place for the welcome home parade (laughs). Which might indicate just how confident they
are, perhaps.

And in fact John Coates, the AOC president, they're always asked how many medals they'll win. They
always won't say. But he did say this morning that it is realistic to set a target for Australia to
finish in the top five of the medal tally.

JOHN COATES: That's only benchmarking, it's not predictive. But it's been pretty close to the mark
in the past. We had for example, in 1999, in world championships an equivalent 60 medals, and that
equated to 58 come Sydney. And in 2003 we had 50 and we got 49.

No one that I know of, who I know of, I think could anticipate how many medals will be required to
come fourth, fifth or sixth. If anything there's been more medals going to USA, Russia and China in
recent years.

But anyway, we think that we're going to have a very strong team. And we think we're going to get
off to a great start again, courtesy of the swimmers, based on what we saw at the recent selection

ELEANOR HALL: And that's the AOC president John Coates. And Lisa Millar reporting on that AOC press
conference, 100 days from the start of the Olympics in August.

And Lisa Millar will be one of the ABC's reporters at the Games, so we'll be hearing a lot more
from her during August.