IOC to Probe Discovery of Blood Transfusion Equipment in Salt Lake City
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (28 February 2002) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has opened an investigation into the discovery of blood transfusion equipment that may have been used by cross country skiing athletes competing at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The medical equipment and empty blood packs were found yesterday by a housekeeper cleaning a private house used by the Austrian cross country team. The owner of the house hurt herself while handling this material.
The IOC President, Dr Jacques Rogge, strongly opposes such practices, and has ordered this inquiry be conducted immediately using all scientific techniques, including DNA testing, to determine who was involved in these practices.
Conducting blood transfusions to enhance performance is not only unethical and prohibited by the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code but is also extremely dangerous to the health of the athlete.