Vancouver - Meeting just days before the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board on Sunday opened a disciplinary procedure involving a competitor at the 2004 Games in Athens.
The action involved US sprinter Crystal Cox, who received a four-year suspension from the US Anti-Doping Agency on 29 January after she admitted having taken performance enhancing drugs between 2001 and 2004. Cox competed in the heats for the 4x400m relay in Athens, but the US team went on to win the gold medal in the finals without her.
The Executive Board also received an update on the anti-doping programme in Vancouver, where on-site testing started with the opening of the Olympic Village on 4 February. More than 800 athletes will be tested before their competition.
In addition to the pre-competition testing programme, drug tests will be conducted on the top five finishers in each event, plus two others selected at random. The vast majority of the approximately 2,500 athletes who are coming to Vancouver will be tested at least once before the Games end on 28 February.
In another development, the Executive Board approved nationality changes for three athletes who will compete in Vancouver — bobsleigh competitor Petr Narovec, from Monaco to Slovakia; skier Adam McLeish, from Canada to Great Britain; and skater Vanessa James, from Great Britain to France. All three cases met the IOC’s requirements and were approved by the relevant National Olympic Committees and International Federations.