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Tape athletes? Conte said 'absolutely not'

Updated: November 19, 2004, 8:26 PM ET
Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO -- Victor Conte, head of the BALCO lab at the center of a global steroid scandal, says in court papers to be filed Friday that a federal agent asked him last year whether he would secretly record athletes suspected of doping.

The papers come ahead of a Dec. 1 hearing at which a judge will review motions to dismiss the case that has tarnished the reputations of some of the top names in international sport.

In one document, Conte recalls a Sept. 3, 2003, search of his office ...

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