IOC sets up a disciplinary commission
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, has tonight set up a Disciplinary Commission pursuant to the Olympic Charter and Article 7 of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable in relation to the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, in order to investigate the nature and circumstances of an alleged anti-doping rule violation committed by two Greek athletes (unavailability for testing and failing, without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection for testing after notification).
The Disciplinary Commission will be responsible for hearing the athletes involved and present a report to the IOC Executive Board, the body which has the authority to take a decision on such cases. The IOC will issue another statement as soon as the procedure is over.
- the IOC is conducting all doping controls during the period of the Games;
- the Period of the Olympic Games is defined as "the period commencing on the date of the opening of the Olympic village for the Olympic Games", namely, 30 July 2004, up until and including the day of the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, namely, 29 August 2004. Formerly the period ran from the day of the Opening Ceremony but has been amended to allow tests to be conducted from the date of the athletes' arrival at the Olympic Village;
- the IOC, as part of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable in relation to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, can either turn up unannounced or at short notice to perform tests on the athletes,
- so far, 290 tests (145 urine, 145 blood) have been performed out of the 3,000 tests that the IOC is expected to conduct throughout the period of the Games. This represents an increase of 25% compared to the number of tests performed in Sydney;
IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable in relation to the Athens Games