February 20, 2006

Drugs found in Austrian raid: TV

VIENNA (Reuters) - Italian prosecutors found more than 100
syringes and 30 packs of drugs, including asthma drugs and
antidepressants, in a raid on Austrian Winter Olympics bases,
an Italian prosecutor told Austrian television.

They also seized devices for blood testing and blood
transfusions in the raid on Saturday on the country's biathlon
and cross-country teams, Austrian state television ORF said on
its Web site on Monday, quoting Turin prosecutor Raffaele

ORF also quoted another Turin prosecutor, Marcello
Maddalena, as saying the raids were coordinated closely with
the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping

Maddalena said officials tried to avoid disturbing the
athletes too much.

"But a raid is a raid," ORF quoted Maddalena as saying.
"You cannot announce it in advance, nor can you put on your
velvet gloves."