VANCOUVER, Canada - A Russian female hockey player has been reprimanded for the first doping violation of the Vancouver Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee said yesterday that Svetlana Terenteva tested positive for a stimulant prohibited in competition but not out of competition. The substance is called tuaminoheptane.
The IOC says Terenteva admitted using a prescription drug for a cold last month but stopped using it Feb. 3, a day before the Olympic drug-testing program began.
IOC vice president Thomas Bach said the committee determined she committed a doping violation but added that she was only reprimanded because it was a "special case" and will not be disqualified for the Games.
Fahey confirmed that more than 30 unidentified athletes have been excluded for breaking anti-doping rules in recent months and that the cases include a mixture of positive samples and failure to comply with testing protocols. - AP