IOC Investigates Two Elevated Laboratory Results
2002 Doping Control Program Included Three Times the Number of Tests Conducted in 1998
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (1 March 2002) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reported today in Lausanne that it is conducting inquiries into the circumstances surrounding two samples taken during the last days of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games that contain elevated levels of prohibited substances. One inquiry involves nandrolone; the other concerns methamphetamine. If these elevated results are found to constitute doping offences, the IOC Executive Board will levy the appropriate sanctions.
During the Games, the IOC has the necessary people and structures in place, including the athletes in question, the Medical and Juridical Commissions, and the Executive Board, in order to conduct and announce the results of its inquiries within 36 hours. However, because these structures are now dispersed, the IOC will need more time to establish whether the elevated laboratory results constitute doping offenses and, if so, what sanctions are applicable.
The IOC will conclude this process, which includes hearings of the athletes and votes by the IOC Executive Board, as soon as possible. At the end of the process, the IOC will publicly announce all relevant information, but until then and according to policy, the IOC will not be able to discuss these two cases.
This situation, adjudicating elevated results after the Games, is not uncommon and last happened following the conclusion of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
All samples collected during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games have now been analyzed and accounted for. The IOC conducted 1,960 doping control tests – 642 in-competition urine tests, 96 out-of-competition urine tests, and 1,222 blood screening tests – during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (Approximately 2,500 athletes were subject to these tests.) This represents a more than three hundred percent increase over the 621 tests conducted during the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. This increase is yet another step in the IOC’s enhanced fight against doping in sport.