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LONDON --- The doping retests from the 2006
Winter Olympics in Turin involve 350 samples,
cost $500,000 and are based on intelligence
that targets athletes and events considered
most at risk for cheating, the IOC s medical
Despite the cost, effort and an improved steroid
test, it s possible that very few --- if any --- pos-
itives will be detected, Dr Richard Budgett said.
"We just don t know what the results from
Torino will be," Budgett said. "I wouldn t be at
all surprised if it s far, far, far less than people
are speculating, despite this new method. We ve
set the expectations at a sensible level. We do
not expect necessarily to have any positives."
Budgett provided the greatest detail so far of
the International Olympic Committee s reanalysis
of the Turin samples, which includes a test that
can detect steroid use going back months.
The IOC stores Olympic samples for eight
years to allow for retesting when new methods
become available. With the deadline for the
Turin samples expiring in February, the IOC is
doing last-minute retesting to catch any cheats
who got away at the time.
"Approximately 350 samples are being
analysed," Budgett said in a telephone interview.
"We ve selected them based on intelligence. It
involves a bit under 200 athletes as many of the
athletes have more than one sample."
The retesting is "a good half way through"
and the results will be finalised by the end of
the year, Budgett said.
The programme involves a "full menu" of
tests, including the "long-term metabolite"
method that widens the window so steroids can
be detected several months --- rather than days
--- after they were taken.
The urine and blood samples are being
reanalysed at the anti-doping lab in Lausanne,
The IOC has budgeted half a million dollars
for the tests --- "the whole package of intelligence,
doing the reanalysis and follow up of any sam-
ples," Budgett said.
Any positive findings would lead to retroactive
disqualification and loss of medals.
The testing is focused on athletes, especially
medalists, who would have been most likely to
"We spent a lot of time gathering intelligence
on the sports at risk, the countries at risk, on
the individuals and coaches and the groups of
athletes at risk," Budgett said. "The reanalysis
is absolutely as targeted as possible."
The IOC worked with the UK Anti-Doping
agency on the intelligence gathering.
"We re more interested in medal winners than
other people, but we re also looking at patterns
of previous positive tests," Budgett said. "We ve
had 7-8 years of looking at the patterns of sub-
sequent positive tests so you can see where there
might be a risk.
"There are well-known events like biathlon
and cross-country skiing where there is a long
history of abuse of EPO and other substances,
and some sports such as curling where there s
no history of abuse at all."
In 2010, the IOC retested some Turin samples
for insulin and blood-booster CERA but all came
back negative. Those samples are now destroyed,
so the latest tests are on different samples.
Only one positive case was recorded during
the Turin Games, with Russian biathlete Olga
Pyleva stripped of a silver medal after testing
positive for a banned stimulant.
Last year, the IOC retested samples from the
2004 Athens Olympics and caught five athletes
who were retroactively stripped of medals for
using steroids, including men s shot put winner
Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine. Previously, retests of
samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics led to
five positive cases for CERA --- with Bahrain
runner Rashid Ramzi stripped of gold in the
Budgett said the new steroid test --- as well
as any other improved techniques --- will be used
to retest more Beijing samples before the eight-
year statute expires in 2016.
The latest steroid test was developed by the
World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Cologne, Ger-
OKLAHOMA CITY --- Kevin Durant had 28
points and eight assists and Serge Ibaka
scored 17 points and blocked three shots
as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the
Los Angeles Clippers 105-91 in a matchup
of Western Conference powers in the NBA
Russell Westbrook added 12 points for
Oklahoma City, which has won its first five
home games of the season for the first time
since the 2004-05 season, when the franchise
was in Seattle.
Oklahoma City led all the way, taking a
quick 10-point advantage and never leading
by less than six points after that.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and 10 rebounds
for the Clippers. He s had a 20-10 double
in 10 of the last 12 games, and has posted
an NBA-high 100 such games since the start
of the 2010-11 season.
In the only other NBA game on Thursday,
the Denver Nuggets ended the Chicago Bulls
five-game winning streak with a 97-87 win
Nate Robinson, who spent last season with
the Bulls, and Jordan Hamilton each hit back-
to-back 3-pointers to open the fourth quarter
and put the Nuggets ahead for good.
Hamilton finished with 17 points to lead
the Nuggets, who their seventh straight
against the Bulls at home. JJ Hickson had
14 points, Kenneth Faried had 12 points and
11 rebounds, and Randy Foye also scored 12
Derrick Rose had 19 points for the Bulls.
SAO PAULO --- Mercedes Nico
Rosberg was fastest in the second
practice for Formula One s season-
ending Brazilian Grand Prix yes-
terday, edging Sebastian Vettel and
his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber
on a wet Interlagos track.
Vettel, who has already clinched
his fourth straight F1 title, enters the
finale with a chance to equal Michael
Schumacher s 13 victories in a year
and match the record of nine con-
secutive wins by Alberto Ascari in
the 1952 and 1953 seasons.
Rosberg timed 1 minute, 27.306
seconds in the afternoon session at
the 4.3-kilometre (2.6-mile) track in
Sao Paulo, .225 ahead of Vettel and
.286 in front of Webber, who is com-
peting in his last F1 race at the Brazil-
The Australian driver, who will
join Porsche s endurance programme,
has won two of the last four races
Rosberg had been fastest in the
first practice session with a lap of
1:24.781, when track conditions were
better. Mercedes teammate Lewis
Hamilton was second and Vettel was
third in the morning despite briefly
running off the track near the end
of the session. Hamilton spun and
recovered in both sessions.
It rained heavily in the afternoon
and drivers couldn t switch to inter-
mediary tires until the final minutes.
Vettel was the only driver to test
the prototype dry weather tires that
will be used by teams in 2014. Vettel
ran a lap with them in the first ses-
sion despite the damp track, but it
was enough to give engineers at least
some information that might be use-
ful for next season.
Teams and drivers know little
about what to expect next year
because the series will go through a
major change in engine rules, switch-
ing from the current 2.4-litre V8
units to a 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged
engine, a move that will demand
significant alterations in the design
The Brazilian GP marks the last
race before several driver changes at
some of F1 s top teams. World cham-
pion Kimi Raikkonen of Finland
leaves Lotus for Ferrari, where Felipe
Massa lost his ride before joining
Williams. The Brazilian replaces Pas-
tor Maldonado of Venezuela, who
could be up for the Raikkonen seat
McLaren will replace Mexican Ser-
gio Perez with rookie Kevin Mag-
nussen of Denmark, and Australian
Daniel Ricciardo, from Red Bull s sis-
ter team Toro Rosso, will replace
Rosberg fastest in 2nd practice for Brazilian GP
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, right, shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers
forward Jared Dudley, left, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball match in Oklahoma
City, Thursday night. Oklahoma City won 105-91. AP PHOTO
Durant leads Thunder past Clippers 105-91
cost of $500K
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