POSTED: February 12th 2010

Caution for Russian hockey star as IOC declares Vancouver war on dope cheats

Russia's players hope to be celebrating again - with Terentieva among them
Russia's players hope to be celebrating again - with Terentieva among them

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Comunications

VANCOUVER/LONDON, Feb 12: Russian ice hockey star Svetlana Terentieva has escaped with a ticking-off from the International Olympic Committee after failing an out-of-competition dope test.

The Terentieva case – clearly a frustrating one for clean-up officials – came on top of a claim that at least 30 athletes would be absent from Winter Games competition in Vancouver because of anti-doping action.

This figure was reported by David Howman, director-general of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He said: “The pre-Games testing is pretty intensive. We can say it is effective because there are some athletes who didn’t come.”

The IOC and its group of 36 scientists began testing at Vancouver this week with the opening of the Athletes’ Village. Of more than 600 tests so far, 407 were urine samples and 147 blood samples. IOC spokesman Mark Adams indicated none of the tests taken so far was positive.

The Terentieva case erupted after she was tested on February 6. The A sample tested positive for tuaminoheptane which is a prohibited substance ‘in competition’ but not ‘out of competition.’

An IOC disciplinary commission heard evidence from Terentieva that she had used Rhinofluimucil under prescription to cure a bad head cold in January but had stopped using it on 3 February 2010, as she knew the substance would be prohibited during the period of the Olympic Games – which started on February 4.

The commission concluded unanimously that she was guilty of an anti-doping rule violation but took into her cognisance of the timing, her ready admission of use and the fact that the substance would be out of her system well before the Vancouver Games.

Thus Terentieva and the Russian ice hockey federation were issued with a reprimand. She is confirmed as a member of the 21-strong Russian women's hockey squad.

The IOC expects to undertake more than 2,000 tests in Vancouver, of which around 500 will apply to urine EPO detection and 400 will be blood tests.

Keywords · Winter Olympics · Vancouver · Terenteva · WADA · Howman · dope tests · IOC · International Olympic Committee

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