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WINTER OLYMPICS : Notebook : Sabotage in Polish Drug Test Charged

February 23, 1988|RANDY HARVEY | Times Staff Writer

CALGARY, Canada — Leszek Lejczyk, Poland's hockey coach, said Monday that sabotage was involved in the positive drug test of the team's best player, Jaroslaw Morawiecki.

Morawiecki was disqualified from the remainder of the Winter Games after a urine sample Thursday night revealed that he had a higher ratio of the male hormone testosterone to epitestosterone than allowed by the International Olympic Committee.

Lejczyk said he believes that water-soluble testosterone was added to Morawiecki's food or beverages within 24 hours of the test.

Asked about the motive, the coach said: "We just don't know. But there are a lot of politics involved in the Olympics. We just can't see another explanation. There are two things to keep in mind. He is our best hockey player and a very disciplined person who has never given us any trouble."

A statement from the Polish Olympic Committee speculated that the sabotage may have occurred in the dressing room at the Corral, the site of Poland's Thursday night game against France.

Bill Payne, a local organizing committee official, said that possibility will be investigated. But he added that Mike Casey, venue chief for the Corral, has reported no security breaches.

The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Morawiecki for 18 months.

When it's over, it's over.

Those are IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch's sentiments in response to the local organizing committee's comments that some events delayed by high winds may be postponed until after Sunday's Closing Ceremony.

"When I close the Games, they are finished," Samaranch said in an interview with the Calgary Herald.

That could mean that there will be no 90-meter ski jumping, which was postponed for the third straight day Monday because of the winds at Canada Olympic Park.

The acronym for Canada Olympic Park is COP, which a local radio sportscaster has begun calling "Canceled Or Postponed."

There has been considerable criticism of the local organizing committee's decision to use COP for ski jumping, the luge and the bobsled, which was postponed Sunday because of, believe it or not, a sandstorm.

Samaranch told the Calgary Herald that the weather here is the worst he has ever seen for a Winter Olympics.

For the disappointment here that Canada still has no gold medals, Jack Lynch, technical director of the Canadian Olympic Assn., blamed--who else?--the media.

"It was you that expected gold medals," he said, pounding his fist and yelling, during a press conference, attended mostly by Canadian journalists. "I didn't come here expecting gold medals.

"We've been mediocre before, but we're getting better. We shouldn't measure success by the number of gold medals."

He told the Canadian journalists to "stop whining."

The bartender at Hy's, a popular Calgary steak house, said the prince of Norway was in the restaurant Saturday night, wearing a white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. The maitre-d' thought the prince was a busboy and ordered him to bus a table. Norwegian security guards intervened. They didn't bus the table, either.

Karen Percy, who won her second bronze medal of the Winter Olympics in Monday's super-G race, has been the butt of a family joke for most of her 21 years.

"We call her 'the family klutz,' " her mother said. "It's always amazed me how she can ski down a mountain at 65 mph with no problem, then come home and fall down the back steps."

Times assistant sports editors Mike Kupper and Bob Lochner contributed to this story.

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