MEDIA SCHEDULE FOR EPO DETECTION TEST MEETING
Lausanne, 5 November 2001 - The Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), together with several external experts, laboratory partners, and a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) representative, will meet on 7 November in Lausanne to review the present status of detecting recombinant, or artificial, erythropoietin (rEPO) in urine and to define the criteria for declaring a positive result.
This meeting follows an IOC sponsored inter-laboratory comparison study on rEPO detection in urine through the analysis developed by the French research team (Lasne and de Ceaurriz, Nature, 2000). In August 2000, a combined protocol involving blood and urine evidence was approved for the testing of rEPO abuse during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
A press conference will be organised at the end of the day to announce the group’s findings.
Olympic Museum – Barcelona Room
Quai d'Ouchy 1
CH - 1006 Lausanne
tel.: (41.21) 621 65 11
fax: (41.21) 621 65 12
7 November 2001 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
7 November 2001 6.30 p.m. (subject to change) Olympic Museum – Auditorium
Cameras will be allowed into the meeting to shoot the opening minutes.
A workroom with all the necessary facilities will be set up in the Olympic Museum (Winter Games Room, level 1)
Media representatives are requested to confirm their attendance to the IOC Department of Communications: tel. (41.21) 621 61 11, fax (41.21) 621 63 56.