Doping-IOC re-testing 2006 Torino samples for doping

Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:17am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

Berlin (Reuters) - Samples stored from the 2006 Torino winter Olympics are being retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the eight-year statute of limitations runs out next year and as two labs find hundreds of unrelated positive tests.

The IOC official said the retests were in no way connected to a German state television report about two doping labs finding hundreds of positive tests using new methods.

The IOC is eager to root out cheats long after Olympic Games by using new methods of tracing known banned substances or substances that were not known at the time.

"We are re-testing Torino Games samples as planned. This is not linked to that report," the official told Reuters.

The IOC can re-test athletes' samples from its own events up to eight years after the Games and can sanction them.

They did so with five samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics coming back positive.

According to German ARD broadcaster labs in Cologne and Moscow found traces of anabolic steroids in hundreds of urine samples using the new testing method.

It was not clear which athletes and what sports were involved and when the samples were taken.   Continued...

Shawn Sawyer of Canada is seen during a practice session through the Olympic rings at the Palavela figure skating venue ahead of the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, February 9, 2006. REUTERS/David Gray