One ath­lete caught dop­ing in Van­cou­ver Olympics retest­ing

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - SPORTS -

LAU­SANNE, Switzer­land — One ath­lete tested pos­i­tive for dop­ing in re­anal­y­sis of 1,195 sam­ples from the 2010 Van­cou­ver Olympics, the IOC said Mon­day.

Three pos­i­tive tests in to­tal all came from the same ath­lete, who was not iden­ti­fied by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Steroid use was found among dozens of ath­letes in retest­ing of sam­ples from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics and 2012 Lon­don Olympics, which were staged be­fore and af­ter the Van­cou­ver Games. The IOC has stripped more than 50 medals.

The IOC said its Van­cou­ver re­anal­y­sis pro­gram “fol­lowed an in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing and risk-as­sess­ment process,” work­ing with the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency and sports gov­ern­ing bod­ies.

Sim­i­lar tac­tics have been used to tar­get tests on “high risk sports and na­tion­al­i­ties” ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in Fe­bru­ary.

The Van­cou­ver retest­ing pro­gram saw test­ing of 70 per cent of urine sam­ples which were stored since 2010, await­ing im­proved lab­o­ra­tory tests. Tar­geted tests in­cluded “sam­ples from all medal­lists and all Rus­sian ath­letes,” the IOC said.

Rus­sia fin­ished 11th in the medals ta­ble, with three gold among 15 medals in to­tal.

WADA in­ves­ti­ga­tors have cited Rus­sia’s poor per­for­mance in Van­cou­ver as a mo­tive for a dop­ing pro­gram at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Rus­sia topped the medals ta­ble at its home Win­ter Games, though could soon lose that hon­our.

An IOC panel is in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­di­vid­ual cases of sus­pected Rus­sian dop­ing in Sochi. It could an­nounce its first ver­dicts next month.

The IOC has now closed the Van­cou­ver re­anal­y­sis pro­gram ahead of an eight-year statute of lim­i­ta­tions ex­pir­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

More than 100 dop­ing cases, most in­volv­ing ath­letes from for­mer Soviet Union re­publics, were proven in retest­ing of Bei­jing and Lon­don sam­ples.

RON JENK­INS/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dal­las Cow­boys play­ers and staff stand on the side­line dur­ing the play­ing of the na­tional an­them be­fore Sun­day’s game against the Green Bay Pack­ers in Arlington, Texas.

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