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Thursday, 13 July, 2000, 13:52 GMT
IOC hit back in Ottey doping case
Did the lab incorrectly test Merlene Ottey's sample?
Did the lab incorrectly test Merlene Ottey's sample?
The International Olympic Committee has leapt to the defence of the drug-testing lab at the centre of the Merlene Ottey doping case.

Athletics' governing body, the IAAF, last week cleared Ottey of accusations of steroid use and lifted a two-year ban after their arbitration panel said the IOC-accredited lab in Lausanne improperly tested Ottey's urine sample.

But the IOC has rejected that claim.

"The IOC continues to have full confidence in the manner by which the (laboratory) conducts its analysis of urine samples and reports its results," said a statement Thursday.

The IOC has no reason to question the accuracy of its analysis or reports
  IOC statement
"The IOC-accredited laboratory in Lausanne fully appreciates and complies with IOC policy.

"The IOC has no reason to question the accuracy of its analysis or reports."

East Germany

Meanwhile a Berlin court has postponed a verdict in the trial of East Germany's most powerful sports official on doping charges.

The court has put back the verdict on Manfred Ewald so it can investigate whether GDR sports chief and former sports doctor Manfred Hoeppner forced underage swimmers and athletes to take banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Ewald, 74, who led the East German Sports Federation from 1961 to 1988, is alleged to have masterminded widespread doping.

Merlene Ottey at her peak
He is charged with contributing to the bodily harm of 22 sportswomen, most of them swimmers and athletes, by forcing them to take banned drugs.

Many former GDR sports officials have admitted the regime used systematic doping from the 1970s onwards as a way of using sport to promote the communist state. Tens of thousands of athletes were subject to doping.

Among the athletes who testified at the Ewald trial was former shot-putter Andreas Krieger, who as Heidi Krieger won the 1986 European championship title but who had a sex change after years of injections with male hormones.

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