The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled out allowing the use of direct water heaters in the Games, as long as they are used as required for personal hygiene.
The IOC said it will take the matter up with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) before making a decision on the issue.
“As a consequence, the IOC will not allow the use or installation of indirect water heatERS (IWHE) in the Olympic Village.
This will be done by WADA, which will make a decision in due course,” the IOC said in a statement.WADA confirmed that the decision was taken.
The announcement came after WADA issued a warning on Thursday against the use and installation of “high-intensity direct heaters” to heat athletes during the Summer Games.
Wada’s warning came after a WADA investigator claimed that some Olympic athletes have tested positive for EPO, a substance that can make an athlete susceptible to the drug.
The WADA report said athletes with high levels of EPO had been given a negative test at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and had to wait until the following summer to be tested.
“There is no evidence that any athletes have been given the positive test.
The athletes who have tested negative were also given the incorrect results,” the WADA spokesperson said.
WADA’s concerns were sparked by the revelation of a “sophisticated” doping scheme by Brazilian Olympic team coach and former athlete Alberto Salazar.
Salazar, who was banned for six years by the World Rugby Union (WRU) for doping, has since been stripped of his World Rugby Premiership title and banned from competing for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in England.
The investigation into Salazar’s case has been described as “highly significant” by the IOC, which said it had taken “appropriate action”.
The IOC statement also said the IOC “welcomes the Wada investigation and welcomes the WAA’s assessment of the situation”.
It is the IOC’s second such statement in two days on the matter, as the IOC has said it is considering the possibility of suspending the Rio Games if the WTA finds evidence of doping.
The World Anti Doping Agency confirmed on Thursday that it had found “sufficient evidence” of the doping scheme in Salazar and will now decide on a penalty to be imposed.
It has been suggested that the suspension could come from the IOC itself, and the International Olympic committee (Ioc) has confirmed that it has no plans to impose a suspension on the Rio games.
“We have not received any specific evidence of a doping case at the moment,” IOC spokesperson Michael Cregia told AFP.
“However, the fact that WADA has not found any further evidence suggests that it will be taking the matter in hand to WADA to decide on the appropriate punishment.”WADA has a very clear mandate and mandate from WADA’s own scientific experts to conduct its own investigation into the situation.
“Salgado and Salazar were not available for comment.
The Olympic organisers, who have been criticised for their handling of the investigation, have denied any wrongdoing and have insisted they will take all necessary steps to ensure the clean athletes are protected.”
This is not a question of the IOC taking an independent view, this is a question that has been brought up by Wada and the WHA and it is up to the IOC to decide what they should do,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.