Drug tests catch 30-plus before Games



More than 30 athletes from different nations have been barred from competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics because of testing procedures leading up to the Vancouver Games, officials confirmed to the media Thursday.

From all indications, none of the athletes were from the United States. Those ruled out of the Olympics included positive tests as well as some for not cooperating or trying to circumvent testing.

That was the headline Thursday, with John Fahey, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, calling the results "significant" because of their effectiveness. Fahey said that about 2,000 tests were conducted during the buildup to Vancouver.

Since the athletes began arriving in Canada, a total of 554 tests were conducted in the past week, 407 urine and 147 blood, without a single positive. Testing will continue throughout the Olympics.

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