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  • Swedish Police Examine Sack of Drugs


    08/16/06

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/SackofDrugs.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Drug labs are examining the contents of this sack found in Gothenburg this week.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) Swedish police say there may be nothing sinister about two bags filled with medications, ampules and syringes found near a team hotel the day after the close of the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.<BR><BR>A pedestrian found one bag Monday close to the Hotel Opalen, headquarters of the Russian team which dominated the championships. Other teams staying at the hotel included Poland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Malta and Gibraltar.<BR><BR>About an hour after the first bag was turned in, police say they found a second, with equipment suspected for use in blood transfusions. The packaging for the materials in both bags was in Russian.<BR><BR>"We believe that we found substances and technology for doping", police spokesman Mats Glansberg said earlier this week.<BR><BR>Now he says the tests so far reveal nothing more than vitamins and heart medicine.<BR><BR>"It is increasingly unlikely this is a police matter at all," says Glansberg.<BR><BR>IAAF vice president Arne Ljungqvist, also an IOC member and expert on sports doping, says labs in Norway and Sweden are analyzing the materials further.<BR><BR>Russian coach Valery Kultschenko dismisses talk that the materials are evidence of doping on the part of his athletes.<BR><BR>"Our doping-control-system is checked by the IAAF. All our athletes are controlled constantly," he says. <BR><BR>Police say it may take another two weeks to complete the tests. <BR><BR><I>With reporting by Heinz Peter Kreuzer in Germany.</I><BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.</B><BR>