Doping test sends Austrian skier home before last day in Sochi
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 01:43
Feb. 23 - Austrian skier Johannes Duerr tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug, putting the number of athletes caught doping at seven in Sochi. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A tainted end for the Austrian Olympic team.
As members of their delegation await Sochi's closing ceremony, they'll be down one man.
Cross-country skier Johannes Duerr.
Here's Austria Olympic Chief Karl Stoss.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) AUSTRIA OLYMPIC CHIEF, KARL STOSS, SAYING:
"Unfortunately it's a very sad blemish on the Austrian Olympic team at the end of a very successful Olympic Games. Johannes Duerr was tested at a training session on February 16th and this test then came back positive. He'd taken EPO, tested positive. He was personally confronted during the night, after midnight, about this incident and we then immediately took his accreditation away from him and excluded him from the Olympic team, took him out of the Olympic village and he's now on his way home."
Duerr was one of several athletes who tested positive for doping.
Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom was forced to miss the Olympic ice hockey final after testing positive for a banned substance.
Only one athlete tested positive at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The increase in doping has not discouraged International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SAYING:
"The number of the cases for me is not really relevant. What is important is that we see that the system works and it shows that the IOC is serious with zero tolerance."
The IOC says it has carried out more than 2,500 tests for doping in Sochi.
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