Friday, February 22, 2002
IOC says skater can stay for closing ceremonies
SALT LAKE CITY -- A short-track speedskater from Belarus was
given a severe warning by the IOC on Friday for steroids found in
her system, but the case was not considered drug positive and she
was allowed to remain in the Olympic Village and march in the
The IOC's executive board found Yulia Pavlovich, who abruptly
checked out of the village Monday rather than submit to another
test for nandrolone, had inadvertently taken the drug in a food
supplement supplied by her team doctor and coach. Both officials
were expelled from the games.
"She was more manipulated than a manipulator," IOC director
general Francois Carrard said. "She was given a severe warning but
she can stay and march."
Tossed out of the Winter Games were Dr. Evgeny Lositsky and
Tatsiana Pavlovich, who is both coach and mother to the
Carrard said they had violated IOC rules by "maneuver and
manipulation" to void a drug test.
Carrard also said the International Olympic Committee was still
waiting for results of urine tests taken from a Russian
cross-country skiing star who was disqualified from a race Thursday
because of high hemoglobin levels. He said the results were
expected late Saturday, less than a day before Larissa Lazutina is
scheduled to compete in the 30-kilometer race on the last day of
Pavlovich vanished from village housing after failing to show up
for a second test, which was ordered by the IOC after a broken seal
on the sample bag invalidated the original exam. The IOC barred her
from further competition at Salt Lake City pending an investigation
and punished the Belarus Olympic committee for allegedly helping
the athlete avoid another exam.
The first test found levels of nandrolone 380 times the legal
limit, the IOC said. But the Salt Lake City Games remain free of a
doping case because the broken seal, an apparent accident by a lab
courier, meant the sample might be contaminated and thus could not
Pavlovich finished 19th in the 1,500 meters and 23rd in the 500
meters, which proceeded her drug test last Saturday night.
The IOC executive board suspended the Belarusian committee for
the rest of this year from grants and other support generally worth
about $120,000 annually. It also kicked Belarus team leader
Yaroslav Barichko out of the games.
Lazutina was barred from competing in the 20-kilometer
relay Thursday, where she had been favored to win a record-tying 10th medal.
The Russian team, four-time defending champions, did not race and
the Russian Olympic Committee threatened to leave the games because
of what it said was biased judging and other actions against its