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Monday, February 20, 2006

More Dope

Seemingly dope is never very far from the surface in the Olympics these days.

The Carabinieri paramilitary police "visited" the Austrian cross-country and biathlon team accommodation overnight, allegedly after blood doping equipment linked to the team's Nordic team coach Walter Mayer was found in Austria.

The International Olympic Committee also tested at least 10 Austrian cross-country skiers and biathletes.

Mayer had been banned from the Olympics, until after 2010, on suspicion of performing blood transfusions at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. He had visited the team in Italy, but then managed to crash his car into an Austrian police roadblock on Sunday evening.

Austrian cross-country skier, Juergen Pinter, said:

"We were surprised in our room. Suddenly the police came in and didn't let us leave on the night before the competition.

This happened without any positive result from doping control in the team. There's definitely no doping in the Austrian team.

It's crazy
."

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