German athlete returns abnormal doping test in Sochi

Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:59am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - An unnamed German athlete has returned an abnormal doping sample at the Sochi Winter Games and a second sample will be tested later on Friday to determine the presence of banned substances, the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) said.

The DOSB said it was informed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday evening and a disciplinary commission would convene later in the day after the athlete's B sample was tested.

"The DOSB was informed on Thursday evening at 21.30 (local time) that one member of its Olympic team had returned an A sample that showed abnormal data," it said in a statement.

More details would be provided after the second test, it added.

The IOC announced before the Olympics it was planning to carry out 2,453 tests during the Games, including 1,269 pre-competition controls, which is a record for a Winter Olympics.

So far no athlete has tested positive for banned drugs at Russia's first Winter Olympics, with the IOC eager to stop cheats from getting to the Games with increased pre-Olympic testing in the months leading up to the event.

The IOC tests all medalists as well as several other finalists for banned substances, while also conducting hundreds more targeted tests based on intelligence.

Drugs-testing vans shadow athletes coming down from the mountains for their medals ceremony in Sochi while athletes can also be tested there for drugs.   Continued...