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Prince Alexandre de Merode (born May 24, 1934 in Etterbeek, Belgium - died November 19, 2002) was a member of a Belgian princely house and the was the head of drug testing policy for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until his death.

de Merode's position at the IOC was not without criticism. Following allegations of doping at the 1984 Summer Olympics, samples from suspected drug cheats were never actually tested. The prince claimed that the paperwork was accidentally discarded when the Los Angeles organizing committee converted his temporary office back into a suite immediately after the closing ceremony, however he has been accused of deliberately destroying the evidence.[1]

Following record-shattering performances by Chinese female swimmers in the 1990s and a doping scandal during the 1998 Tour de France, international sport created the World Anti-Doping Agency, effectively removing control of drug testing from the IOC and de Merode.

In 1998 de Merode backed up claims that certain athletes were using the controversial abortion doping procedure for performance enhancing benefits, however he did not provide any proof.[2]

In May 2000 he tendered his resignation as head of the IOC medical commission, however he withdrew his resignation when IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch asked him to stay.[3]

He died of lung cancer on November 19, 2002.[4][5]


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