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    • IOC: Retested Turin samples negative

      February 22, 2012

      Doping samples from the 2006 Turin Winter Games that were retested for a new blood-boosting drug have come back negative, the IOC said Friday.

      The IOC decided in 2010 to retest the samples for the presence of CERA, an advanced version of the endurance-enhancing substance EPO.

      Doping samples from each Olympics are stored for eight years to allow for retesting. A validated test for CERA only became available after the Turin Games.

      "We are pleased with the negative results, but this will not prompt us to let up in our efforts to stamp out cheating in sport," IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist said.

      The move to retest the samples came after the World Anti-Doping Agency said in May 2010 that it had received information that CERA could have been in Turin before the substance was put on the market....