Originally created 03/02/00

Australians, Americans lose doping appeal with FINA

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Drug-testing methods questioned by Americans and Australians were upheld Wednesday by swimming's world governing body.

American Lenny Krayzelburg and Australian Ian Thorpe, both of whom set world records at a short-course meet last month in Berlin, said they were ordered to provide urine samples in what they said were non-tamperproof containers.

After several hours of delays, German swim officials called in police to seal the sample bottles in bags. Australian officials still complained that the samples were not secure.

FINA, the governing body issued a statement saying it examined written reports from Thorpe, Krayzelburg, Australian coach Don Talbot and American coach John Skinner and determined that "no violation" of doping control rules had taken place.

Ruling that "no action needs to be taken," FINA chastised the Australians and Americans.

"Without correct knowledge (of doping control rules) ... competitors and coaches should not interfere in the procedures at the doping control station," the statement said. "Medical delegates appointed by FINA are responsible for the procedures and their decisions, and actions must be respected in order not to create any doubt regarding the correctness of doping control at FINA events."

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