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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Trainer denies shots contained EPO

Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland -- A trainer for the Polish cross-country skier who tested positive for EPO at the Vancouver Olympics has acknowleged giving her injections but denies they contained banned substances.

Vitali Trypolski said Tuesday from his home in Kiev, Ukraine, that the injections he gave to Kornelia Marek contained no EPO. He said he did not know how the banned blood-boosting hormone got into her system and refused to say what the injections were.

Poland's Ski Association has suspended Marek and fired Trypolski. A commission is to question Marek and Trypolski about the case.

Marek tested positive after helping Poland finish sixth in the women's 20K relay.

The IOC is also investigating. Marek could be disqualified retroactively and stripped of her results.