Anti-Doping Raid at Turin Olympics

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

cross-country teams.

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

City Games.

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.

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