February 21, 2024

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Brian Oliver

Brian Oliver is a reporter covering for Inside the Games. He is also the author of  "The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories Behind the Medals" and a former sports editor of The Observer. He was weightlifting media manager at the London Olympics in 2012 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Anti-doping agency says it recently tested athletes inside North Korea

Anti-doping agency says it recently tested athletes inside North Korea

Visit by International Testing Agency likely marked first non-political entry into DPRK in four years

Anti-doping agency says it recently tested athletes inside North Korea
Brian Oliver
Brian Oliver February 12, 2024
North Korea says it’s open to dope-testing after Asian Games success

North Korea says it’s open to dope-testing after Asian Games success

Critics say DPRK weightlifters, free from steroid and other testing for years, pack unfair advantage

North Korea says it’s open to dope-testing after Asian Games success
Brian Oliver
Brian Oliver October 12, 2023
North Korean weightlifters skip Olympic qualifier in Cuba despite registering

North Korean weightlifters skip Olympic qualifier in Cuba despite registering

Absence means athletes won’t be able to compete in Paris and suggests DPRK hasn’t eased COVID border controls

North Korean weightlifters skip Olympic qualifier in Cuba despite registering
Brian Oliver
Brian Oliver June 9, 2023
North Korean weightlifters cleared to join upcoming Olympic qualifier in Cuba

North Korean weightlifters cleared to join upcoming Olympic qualifier in Cuba

Event would be DPRK athletes' first overseas since pandemic but has raised hackles about their lack of doping testing

North Korean weightlifters cleared to join upcoming Olympic qualifier in Cuba
Brian Oliver
Brian Oliver May 24, 2023