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Russian female hockey player reprimanded for failing drug test

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.

Earlier yesterday, World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey predicted that cheats are more likely than ever to be caught at these Olympics.

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

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