Anti-Doping Norway are reportedly not sending any controllers to Pyeongchang 2018 ©Antidoping Norway
Norway is reportedly refusing to send anti-doping controllers to next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang because they do not get paid. 

According to Aftenposten, Anti-doping Norway are "tired" of the current reliance on unpaid volunteers rather than paying controllers to fulfill the role.

Organisations in other countries, including Sweden, are not following suit but have also echoed criticisms of the current state of affairs.

"If you sell TV rights for this arrangement for billions of dollars, then we think it's wrong that we pay for Norwegian doping controllers to help with the controls," Anti-doping Norway chief executive Anders Solheim was quoted as saying.

"An inspector should receive a reasonable salary and his trip paid for the three weeks he or she will be there. 

"By not paying doping controllers, the organisers are de facto relying on volunteers. 

"Anti-doping work should not be a voluntary profession for those who want to. 

"It is downplaying the priority of our work, and we are tired of it. 

"Sooner or later someone has to put down his foot and say that international sports can not drive anti-doping efforts on these premises."

Anti-doping procedures will be organised by Pyeongchang 2018 but will rely on unpaid international officials ©Getty Images
Anti-doping procedures will be organised by Pyeongchang 2018 but will rely on unpaid international officials ©Getty Images

Anti-Doping Sweden counterpart Matt Richardson has also criticised this system but stopped short of joining the boycott.

"It's bad, absolutely, to ask the inspectors to pay for themselves," he told Expressen.

"But we think it's so important that we put up when needed because we believe in global anti-doping efforts.

"Then it is also important to remember that it is very evolving for the people who go there to work there."

Major problems have been experienced with the anti-doping system at the last two Olympic Games.

At Sochi 2014, a "systemic manipulation" took place in which samples were illegally opened and tampered with, according to an IOC Commission chaired by Switzerland's former President Samuel Schmid.

A total of 32 Russian athletes have so far been disqualified and handed a life-suspension from the Olympic Games.

A World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observers report also heavily criticised procedures at Rio 2016.

A number of "serious failings" were highlighted in relation to the work of Rio 2016, "some of which" were within their control.

This included a loss of service due to budget cutbacks as well as "tensions" between organisers and the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency.

There was no out-of-competition testing conducted in football, while there was "little or no" in-competition blood testing in many high risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting.

insidethegames has contacted Pyeongchang 2018 for a reaction.