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FIS MEDIA INFO VANCOUVER 2010: 2 start prohibitions issued due to too high haemoglobin values
Whistler, February 14th, 2010//- In the course of the pre-competition blood testing carried out by FIS at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 whereby all Cross-Country and Nordic Combined athletes will be tested prior to their first Olympic competition, the following athletes have been issued with a start prohibition for five consecutive days due to too high haemoglobin values:
Please note: This prohibition from participating in the competition(s) is NOT a sanction, but is instituted to protect the health of the athlete. Consequently, no disciplinary measures will be taken. A new blood test is required for the athletes to be allowed to start in their first Olympic competition.
FIS Blood Testing
The FIS Blood Testing program at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is carried out in accordance with Articles FIS.B.3 - 4 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules which define the following parameters and procedures:
An athlete showing a Haemoglobin z-score or a Haemoglobin OFF z-score ≥ 3.09, respectively an OFF-score model ≥ 125.6 in males / ≥ 113.5 in females, OR a positive Bayesian model, is according to articles FIS.B.2-FIS.B.4.4 FIS Anti-Doping Rules not allowed to start at any competitions for fourteen (14) consecutive days, including the day on which the test took place, and then only subject to the results of a new blood test.
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For further references please consult:
FIS FACT SHEET: FIS Anti-Doping Program prepared for the Olympic Winter Games 2010
FIS FACT SHEET: Frequently Asked Questions - FIS Start Prohibition