New steroid testing on Turin samples

LONDON -- Olympic officials are using a new steroid test to reanalyze frozen doping samples from the 2006 Winter Games in Turin to catch any drug cheats who avoided detection at the time.

The International Olympic Committee tells The Associated Press "we can confirm we are using the new long-term metabolites method to detect anabolic steroids."

The IOC said in March that it would retest Turin samples, just as it did for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics in Athens and Beijing.

The IOC confirmed Tuesday that the Turin retesting involves an improved method that can detect the use of steroids going back much further than before.

According to German broadcaster ARD, doping labs in Cologne and Moscow have found hundreds of positive cases in recent months using the new testing method.