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IOC Holds 2nd Day of Doping Hearings - 2002-03-17


The International Olympic Committee held a second day of hearings Saturday into alleged doping offenses which cast a cloud over last month's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Britain's Alain Baxter, winner of his country's first ever skiing medal, Belarussan ice hockey player Vasily Pankov and members of the Austrian cross-country ski team all risk disqualification and being stripped of their medals.

Baxter spent over an hour before the IOC's five-member disciplinary panel. Baxter tested positive for the stimulant methamphetamine after his third-place finish in the men's slalom on February 23. Baxter maintains his positive test was an innocent mistake resulting from the use of an over-the-counter nasal decongestant inhaler to help clear a head cold.

Pankov tested positive for the steroid nandrolone after his team's 7-2 loss to Russia in the bronze-medal hockey game on February 23.

Walter Mayer, the Austrian Nordic team coach, was questioned for three hours after suspicions arose following the discovery of blood-transfusion equipment in a house where the team stayed during the Olympics.

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