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Anger over late night drug test before Sochi race

By Samantha Mitchell,

A surprise late night drug test for Austrian skier Elisabeth Goergl the evening before she was due to compete in the women's downhill at the Sochi Games has provoked anger from the Austrian Olympic Committee.

The Committee have registered an official complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after Goergl's preparations for the 11am race were hindered when the drug doping officials insisted on testing her at 11pm the night before.

"I think that's not very fair. I told them it's not OK what they were doing," said Goergl, who finished 16th in the race the following day despite having been tipped as a favourite for the podium. Austria had been hopeful for a medal following Goergl's success at the World Cup downhill a month previously, where she came first.

The IOC have defended themselves, arguing that the test was within IOC rules and accordance with official standards for testing.

"But this late test, on the night before the race, definitely goes too far," said head of the Austrian Olympic Committee Wolfgang Schobersberger.

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