February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:33 p.m. CST
TURIN, Italy (AP) _ The Turin Olympics have seen the first-ever
anti-doping raid by police on Olympic athletes.
Italian authorities seized materials in a surprise late-night
sweep through the living quarters of the Austrian biathlon and
The International Olympic Committee also has conducted
unannounced, out-of-competition drug tests on at least six Austrian
cross-country skiers and four biathletes.
No results of tests on the confiscated items have been
The probe began after the World Anti-Doping Agency discovered
blood-doping equipment in Austria that was connected to an Austrian
Nordic team coach who's been banned from the Olympics. He was
suspected of performing blood transfusions at the 2002 Salt Lake
The agency learned that the coach was with the Austrian team at
the Turin Games and notified the IOC. The IOC told Italian
An IOC official says there was no request that police take
action. He said police decided to do that on their own.