FIS clears Nabeev, Kokk
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Two skiers have passed blood tests to take part at the Vancouver Olympics after earlier being suspended from competing.
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The International Ski Federation said Tuesday it cleared Nordic combined athlete Niyaz Nabeev of Russia and Estonian cross-country skier Kaspar Kokk to resume competition after sidelining them for five days because of too-high hemoglobin levels.
FIS revealed that cross-country skier Benjamin Koons from New Zealand did not start the 15-kilometer freestyle event Monday because he was held out of competing through Thursday.
The five-day start prohibitions are designed to protect athletes' health and are not considered sanctions, FIS said.
The governing body said 351 athletes have been tested at the games.
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