Russian Terenteva tests positive, reprimanded

By Karolos Grohmann

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Russian ice hockey player Svetlana Terenteva became the first athlete to test positive at the Vancouver Olympics but escaped a ban as she took the substance before the Olympic period, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

"This is the first doping case for Vancouver," Bach told an IOC session.

"This case concerns an athlete who took a light stimulant even before the period of the Games, a light stimulant which is usually not prohibited out of competition but during the Games."

The IOC said in a statement she had tested positive for tuaminoheptane, a prohibited substance "in competition' but not "out of competition' on February 6 in a urine sample.

The IOC said the prohibited substance would not have affected her performance as it would have been completely out of her system by the time of her team's first game on February 14.

This is her first anti-doping rule violation.

She was very open and cooperative at the end of the disciplinary commission, (and said) that there was a violation of the rules," Bach said.

Bach said the commission chose to reprimand the athlete, considering it a "very special case."

"With regard to the consequences we thought that it would be fair to issue a reprimand for this special case rather than sending the athlete home and disqualifying her which seemed too severe in this very special case," he said.

(Editing by Jon Bramley)