PENNSYLVANIA — Tulsa’s Olympic medal haul has been bolstered by the discovery of two dozen Russian doping samples.
In a dramatic reversal of events for a city which has been dogged by the IOC’s ongoing investigation into Russian involvement in its 2012 games, the city of nearly 2 million residents announced Thursday that it has been granted a new batch of anti-doping samples.
The IOC announced its investigation in April into whether the Russian team used the Russian-made PEDAR and a Russian-produced anti-inflammatory to mask the presence of a banned substance.
Tulpa is also expected to receive another batch of samples, as the IOC and state attorney general say they will look into the allegations.
It is the first time the IOC has announced it is considering a doping ban, and the IOC said it will continue to closely monitor the investigation.
The city said in a statement that it will not be accepting the second batch of tests until an independent review is conducted by the state attorney’s office, and it will then be handed over to the state for testing.
PENNSYSLVANIAN JOURNALIST: A reporter for the Syracuse Herald-Journal, who had requested anonymity to speak freely, said the city’s new results are a good start for the investigation but that the new results should be seen in context.
“The IOC is a very, very important organization.
It is very, we believe, in this country’s interest to have the IOC do this, and they’re going to have to do it,” said the reporter, who requested anonymity due to the ongoing state of the investigation in the city.
He said the IOC had offered to provide the city with two of its anti-Doping tests, but that would not have been enough to be sure of the results.
“But I think we should give them a little bit more to see, and then we’ll get to the bottom of this,” the reporter said.
As for the results of the first two tests, he said the tests had shown “no significant differences” between the two samples.
“There was a little more water, but there wasn’t a significant difference in terms of the substance detected,” he said.
“But it’s clear that these were not a true sample of the sample, because it came back negative.”
The city’s announcement Thursday follows a similar reversal by New York City, which had been one of the IOC partners on a similar investigation that had been completed last year.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that the city would be conducting its own investigation, and that the results would be released in a “short period of time.”
The IOC said in its statement that the New York results would help inform the investigation, which will “identify those who have been compromised by doping practices.”