The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Thursday that it has issued a reprimand against Svetlana Terenteva, ice hockey player from the Russian Federation for an anti-doping rule violation.
On the afternoon of 6 February 2010, Ms Terenteva was requested to provide a urine sample for a pre-competition doping control. The analysis of the A sample indicated the presence of the prohibited substance tuaminoheptane. Tuaminoheptane is a prohibited substance ‘in competition’ but not ‘out of competition’.
The IOC set up a Disciplinary Commission (DC) on 9 February. The DC heard the athlete on 10 February. During the hearing, the athlete admitted that she had used Rhinofluimucil under prescription to cure a bad head cold in January, but that she had stopped using it on 3 February 2010, as she knew the substance would be prohibited during the period of the Olympic Games, starting on 4 February 2010.
The Disciplinary Commission unanimously concluded that the athlete had committed an anti-doping rule violation in that there was the presence of the prohibited substance, tuaminoheptane, in her body, regardless of the date she had taken Rhinofluimucil.
However, the Disciplinary Commission also noted the following:
- the Athlete spontaneously declared that, knowing Rhinofluimucil was a prohibited “in competition” substance, she had therefore stopped taking it on 3 February 2010;
- the Athlete admitted the use of a prohibited substance and confirmed the result of the A sample, and therefore refrained from asking that the B sample be opened for analysis;
- the Athlete’s use of Rhinofluimucil was during an out-of-competition period, at which time the use of the substance was not prohibited;
- the prohibited substance, tuaminoheptane, would be out of her system well before the date of the Athlete’s first competition at the Vancouver Games, namely, 14 February 2010;
- the Russian team doctor was aware that the Athlete had been taking Rhinofluimucil;
- the Athlete was totally open and cooperative;
- this was the Athlete’s first violation during her long career, having participated in the IIHF World Women’s Championship on four occasions since 2001.
The Disciplinary Commission therefore took the following decision:
- The athlete, Svetlana Terenteva, Russian Federation, ice hockey is issued a reprimand;
- The NOC of the Russian Federation is reminded to ensure, by all means, that the athletes and officials of its delegation comply with all anti-doping rules;
- To forward this Decision to the International Ice Hockey Federation for any further action within its own competence, as it may deem appropriate; and
- This decision shall enter into force immediately.
With files from the International Olympic Committee
- The International Ice Hockey Federation respects the IOC decision.
- Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 4 to 28 February. Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests before and after events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top five athletes plus two at random.
- For the duration of the Vancouver Games, the IOC will carry more than 2,000 tests, of which around 500 will apply to urine EPO detection and 400 will be blood tests.
- As of 10 February, 634 samples have been collected.