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  Sunday, 1 September, 2002, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Baxter: For and against
BBC Sport Online looks at the International Olympic Committee and Alain Baxter's stances on the drugs test saga and considers the appeal outcome.


The International Olympic Committee

The IOC has a stricy liabilty rule which means an athlete is responsible for whatever goes in his or her body.

Alain Baxter failed a post-race drugs test at the Winter Olympics when 20 millionths of a gram of methamphetamine - a banned substance - was found in his urine sample.

The IOC said it did not matter what Baxter's explanation was, it had no option but to strip him of his bronze medal, won in the men's slalom.


Baxter's version

Alain Baxter said he did not knowingly take a banned substance.

He bought a Vicks inhaler in America, in an attempt to clear a cold, and did not know it contained methamphetamine because the English version he normally uses does not have the banned substance.

The positive drugs test was barely traceable because of the minute amount of methamphetamine in his system.

He argues there are two strands of the drug. The type of methamphetamine in his body was not performace enhancing and therefore he should be given his medal back.


The outcome?

The chances of Baxter winning his appeal are slim because of precedents set in previous cases.

Romanian gymnast Andrea Raducan won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics but was stripped of the medal for failing a drugs test.

She had innocently been given a cold remedy by a team doctor but unfortunately it contained a banned substance.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport had sympathy for the teenager but ruled it could not find in her favour because it had to uphold the IOC's tough anti-doping policy.

However there is hope for Baxter.

Russian swimmer Alexei Korneyev was allowed to keep his Olympic bronze medal from the Atlanta Games in 1996.

Korneyev's urine sample contained a stimulant called bramatan.

However it had not yet been included on the IOC's banned substance list - although it was quickly added - and therefore the IOC could not take his medal away.

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