Slovenian biathlete Teja Gregorin has today (Thursday) been named as the sole athlete that tested positive for banned substances at the 2010 winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, following re-analysis of samples taken during the sporting spectacle.
Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said samples had been retested after an intelligence-gathering and risk-assessment process that began in January in consultation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and the International Federations (IFs).
The IOC said that of the 1,710 urine samples collected at Vancouver 2010, a total of 1,195 were re-analysed, including samples from all medallists at the Games and Russian athletes. The re-analysis revealed only one sample tested positive, with the IOC confirming the identity of the athlete to the International Biathlon Union (IBU).
Gregorin competed in several events at Vancouver 2010 but did not win a medal. The Slovenian ranked 36th in the women’s individual biathlon competition, ninth in both the sprint and pursuit events, fifth in the mass start contest and eighth in the relay event.
The IBU has provisionally suspended the 37-year-old from taking part in international biathlon events with immediate effect. The IOC Disciplinary Commission will hear the case next month, with both the IBU and Slovenia Olympic Committee invited to attend.
Upon conclusion of the hearing, the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel will consider taking further action against the Slovenian. Gregorin won a bronze medal in the pursuit event at Sochi 2014.
The Vancouver re-analysis comes after similar programmes for both the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, which has concluded, and London 2012, which is still ongoing. To date, over 100 athletes have tested positive from the re-tests and some 75 medals have been re-allocated.
Gregorin tested positive for GHRP-2 — a banned substance which stimulates the body to produce more growth hormone.