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SLOC picks Indiana lab for 2002 Olympics drug testing

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Posted: Wednesday January 13, 1999 11:39 AM


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Olympics officials selected an Indiana University clinic as the drug testing laboratory for the 2002 Winter Games.

The drug lab, accredited by the International Olympic Committee, was founded in 1983 and performed testing for the 1987 Pan-Am Games, the 1996 Paralympic Games and the 1998 Goodwill Games.

The lab is under the direction of Larry Bowers, who was deputy director of drug testing for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"We look forward to the collaborative effort with Dr. Bowers and Indiana University," said Dr. Charles Rich, the chief medical officer for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.

Rich headed an eight-member selection panel that selected the lab. The only other IOC-accredited lab in the United States is at UCLA.

Dr. Douglas E. Rollins was named SLOC's medical director for doping control in mid-November. Rollins, who is also the director of the Center for Human Toxicology at the University of Utah, will begin working on Jan. 15.

Rollins will consult with Bowers during the development of the doping control program and laboratory in Salt Lake City. A program manager for doping control will be added sometime this year.

The Indiana lab tests about 18,000 samples per year and has helped develop drug testing programs for college athletics and the National Football League.

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