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London 2012: Olympians failing drug tests

By source, Jul 29, 2012 | Updated: Aug 15, 2012 | | |
  1. source
    An Albanian weightlifter became the first athlete to be ejected from the London 2012 Olympics after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

    Hysen Pulaku, 19, who was due to compete in the men's 77kg class, joins a string of athletes who were banned for doping violations before the start of the Olympics. He now faces a possible two-year sanction by the International Weightlifting Federation.

    Pulaku tested positive on 23 July for Stanozolol – an old, relatively cheap and easy-to-detect drug which, like other anabolic steroids, is designed to mimic the effects of the male sex hormones testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.

    Higher levels of testosterone cause anabolic changes in the body, including an increased rate of protein synthesis. This in turn can boost muscle growth and an ability to recover more quickly between bouts of strenuous exercise.

    The drug was detected in Pulaku's urine sample. His personal coach and uncle, Sami Pulaku, said neither he or Pulaku denied the presence of the steroid and that the decision would not be contested.

    "Of course it is always a sad day when a cheating athlete is caught," said Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee. "I hope there will not be more."

    It was the same steroid that led to Greece's world indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis's withdrawal from the Games on Thursday after a positive test for the drug which the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used before the 1988 Seoul Games.

    Pulaku is the latest in a long line of weightlifters to have tested positive for drugs in Olympic Games with the sport having been tarnished by its doping history.
    The IOC had urged federations and national anti-doping agencies to up pre-Games testing. "We do target the key sports and the key athletes and I am entirely comfortable that we have done that," said Adams.

    Since the start of the Olympic period the IOC has conducted 1001 drugs tests, of which 715 are urine and 286 blood tests.

    The Hungarian discus thrower Zoltan Kovago, a silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Games, will also miss the Olympics after the court of arbitration for sport said on Thursday he had failed to provide a sample when requested.

    The Moroccan 1,500m runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli will miss the Games after a positive test for a banned diuretic. Nine track and field athletes were also banned for doping violations on Wednesday.

    http://guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 July 2012 13.50 BST
    Main article can be found here


  1. source
    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27446&stc=1&d=1343587929[/imgl]Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina has been provisionally banned from the 2012 Olympics after becoming the second athlete in two days to test positive for a banned drug, the International Olympic Committee said.

    Galiulina provided a urine sample on July 25 that showed traces of furosemide, a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent or for weight loss.

    The Uzbek, scheduled to compete in artistic gymnastics, was banned a day after Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku was thrown out following a positive test for an anabolic steroid.

    The 20-year-old Galiulina, who also competed at the 2008 Games, will now have to wait for the testing of a second sample.
    Should that also come in positive, she would be barred from competing in London and could face a maximum two-year ban as a first-time doping offender.
    Galiulina, Uzbekistan's only gymnast at the Games, had been due to compete on Sunday evening, only in the floor exercise.

    Furosemide, often sold under the brand name Lasix, can be used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or edema (swelling caused by excess fluid retention). It has also been used to prevent horses from bleeding through the nose during races.

    Over the course of the London Games, the IOC has said it expects to carry out some 5,000 tests - 3,800 urine and 1,200 blood. Anti-doping agencies conducted thousands more in the run-up to the Olympics, nabbing more than 100 athletes in a drive to root out cheaters before the 16-day competition.

    Sunday 29th July 2012.

    News story on Yahoo News website here
  2. source
    Sprinter out of Olympics for banned drug use

    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27447&stc=1&d=1343589547[/imgr]Sprinter Tameka Williams has been withdrawn from the Olympics after admitting to using a banned substance, her St. Kitts and Nevis team confirmed.

    The athlete, who had been scheduled to run the women's 100 and 200 metres, left the Olympic Village on Sunday and returned home, the country's Olympic Committee said.

    "In discussion with team management, Ms. Williams volunteered information to the effect that she has been using a substance which the SKNOC considers to fall outside the internationally accepted medical code," it said.

    The SKNOC did not provide any details on the substance Williams admitted to using and said an investigation was under way.

    Williams could now face up to a two-year ban as a first time offender but could also get a shorter sentence or even no punishment after voluntarily providing the information and depending on the nature of the anti-doping rule violation.

    She is the third doping case at the Olympics after an Albanian weightlifter and an Uzbek gymnast tested positive for banned substances.

    The 22-year-old Williams, fourth in the 200m in last year's Pan-American Games, was due to compete in her first Olympics.

    News story on Yahoo News can be found here
  3. Mindless
    I appreciate the reasons for banning use of drugs which may enhance performance, and the concept of a 'level playing field' seems valid. Yet athletes are just like other humans, both groups know that certain substances are illegal or illicit and that detection of our drug use may have dire consequences. Yet we still continue. Just as drug laws are arguably ineffective and counter-productive, is banning a substance that may enhance athletic performance a reasonable approach?

    I'm not sure what the right answer is to that question, but clearly this policy could benefit from a re-assessment, especially regarding the penalties applied. Some athletes careers are ruined by drug-testing, where is the middle ground? Is there a place for drug-enhanced athletes competing in their own sporting events? Probably not, but given the calls for compassionate treatment of drug users, could the same principles not be applied to athletes?
  4. source
    Completely agree, it is too black and white. If an athlete tests positive there is no analysis on whether or not their performance was enhanced and if so, by how much. Its basically 'postive for that drug, you're out'.

    However, what about those individuals who do not use anything and have trained for years to be at the olympics? If you are not physically capable of competing without using drugs, you shouldn't compete. Period.

    I think that having any compassion as far as drugs tests are concerned could open up a can of worms that is way too subjective for the Olympics (or any sport) and could cause a lot of problems.
  5. mersann
    I know that this is shameless advertising of my own thread, but since Mindless and source talked about the doping question in general, I'd be happy if you contributed to this thread about this very topic (by posting or voting), where the discussion is not limited to one news event, since I am really interested in the opinions of the members here in general with regard to that question.
  6. Conrad0032
    The majority of the Olympic athletes are most likely on some type of performance enhancing drugs. It just all comes down to chance and who actually gets caught.
  7. source
    Whoa thats a very bold statement there Conrad!! Don't forget the reasons why Olympians are 'Olympians'... most have grown up with the drive and commitment to become an Olympian... to physically improve their body by hard work and effort over so many years to be rewarded with medals - their ultimate reward for all their childhood years spent training etc.
    Can't for one second think that the 'majority' of athletes think... "Fuck it, I'm not gonna win so I may as well pop a few pills in the hope I don't test positive" Its just not what the Olympics is all about...
  8. source
    Cleaners and security staff told to snoop on Olympians

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27459&stc=1&d=1343688534[/imgl]Cleaners and security staff have been recruited by Olympic officials to snoop on athletes as part of the fight against competitors using performance enhancing drugs.

    Any of the 10,000 athletes can be subject to spot testing at any time during the Games. But organisers have told staff inside the athletes’ village to report potentially suspicious items that might suggest drug use as part of a new intelligence led approach to testing.

    The Independent understands that staff have been told to keep an eye out on suspicious non-prescription medicines, blister packs of tablets and any intravenous equipment that might point towards doping.

    Jonathan Harris, LOCOG’s chief anti-doping officer, today told reporters that the team in charge of uncovering drug use were not just reliant on random spot checks to catch cheats.

    “We have made other LOCOG functions – security, cleaning, events services, others – very aware of the issues of doping,” he said. “So if they should come across practices, paraphernalia, whatever it may be, then they would bring it to our attention and we would investigate it this and treat it as intelligence.”

    Athletes at London 2012 already have to go through the most stringent anti-doping checks in the history of the Olympics. At the Sydney Games 12 years ago just 2,300 random tests were carried out. By Beijing 2008 that figure rose to 4,470. During this summer’s Olympics a team of international scientists will carry out more than 6,000 urine and blood tests throughout the duration of the Games.

    Anti-doping measures have already caught out a number of athletes. Since the games began two competitors have tested positive whilst a third admitted taking banned substances and was sent home.

    Arne Lungqvist, the head of the International Olympic Committee’s anti-doping program, said this was the first Olympics where his team could use a broad “intelligence network” to “step up the fight” against cheats.

    Officials on the anti-doping task force meet each day and decide which athletes to target for spot checks. Data comes in from tips, the police, border agencies and national sporting bodies.

    “Intelligence means that we are obtaining information about what may be going on in the intelligence world in terms of transport and transfer of substances, how they are coming in and out of the country,” he said. “We do not simply do random testing to that extent as we used to do before. We do it much more on solid information that could be of importance for finding the cheats.”

    An anti-doping phone line, run by Crimestoppers, has also been set up encouraging athletes to report any suspicious activity.

    The most common form of drugs used by athletes to steal a march on their rivals are steroids that help build muscle development and substances which increase the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. Diuretics, which can be taken to mask other substances during testing, are also banned. Technology has progressed significantly over the years with scientists now able to find more than 200 substances within 24 hours. But as the recent positive samples show there are still those willing to take the risk in order to get a competitive edge.

    The Independent 30th July 2012

    [edit] I wouldn't leave anything out for them to find, would you? Little bit of an invasion of privacy too [/edit]
  9. source
    Ye Shiwen doping suspicions stem from 1990's

    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27471&stc=1&d=1343761548[/imgr]Ye Shiwen, the sensational 15-year-old wonder swimmer from China can thank a broad-shouldered compatriot Le Jingyi, who dominated the Foro Italico pool before Ye was even born, for the air of suspicion that is dogging her London 2012 Olympic Games victories.

    Le was the swimmer of the 1990s who became a postergirl for a Chinese swimming revolution, spearheading China's 12 out of 16 remarkable victories at the Rome World Championships in 1994 – an achievement that was to be emphatically undermined by revelations of widespread doping.

    Yet Le never tested positive and she was vociferous in defending her astounding speed. Asked point blank if she had taken drugs, Le's immediate response was to trust the drug testing regime.

    ''I think the results of doping tests can prove who took drugs, and who didn't. We can tell from the results,'' Le said.

    But suspicions remained strong and swimming coaches – usually pot-bellied, straight-talking men, many of whom had seen the East German doping factory at work – pulled no punches. They voiced their thoughts loudly. Even though there were claims of racism, of jealousy and of pure lies, the subsequent events proved them right.

    For Le's swimming colleagues started to fail drug tests. When the jaw-dropping Chinese juggernaut had swept through Rome, it went on to the Asian Games, blitzing the results with 23 swimming gold medals. But then, as those Games were concluding, seven swimmers tested positive.

    The drugs slur escalated four years later when a female Chinese swimmer, Yuan Yuan, and her coach were caught at the Australian border trying to smuggle human growth hormone en route to the 1998 World Championships in Perth. Another three Chinese swimmers were thrown out of those championships when further drugs were discovered.

    In all 32 Chinese swimmers were caught taking drugs in the 1990s, two of them twice.

    The Chinese authorities, fearing loss of face, started to implement a widespread and centralised drug-testing regime and this year more than 13,000 drug tests have beeb implemented across all of their sports.

    Chinese drug officials tested all of their swimmers before they got on the plane to London. Not helping Ye's reputation is the drugs-test result of her compatriot, Li Zhesi, who was banned several months ago for erythropoietin (EPO).
    But Ye trains in Australia under respected coach Denis Cotterell, who used to be in charge of Australian distance star Grant Hackett.

    The legendary Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who trained under other coaches, revealed he too advanced his times by five seconds when he was just 16. The difference is that Ye's times are faster than the men – a statistical anomaly.

    The Chinese officials expressed some frustration that the finger was being pointed at their swimmer and not others. "Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing Games, and American swimmer Missy Franklinis also incredible," the swim chief, Xu Qi, told Xinhua news agency on Tuesday morning.
    "Why can't China have a talented swimmer?"
    China can have great swimmers, but they come into any major competition with that drugs baggage of two decades ago still fresh in people's memories. It is a heavy bag indeed.

    By Jacquelin Magnay, Daily Telegraph. Full story and video from Olympics Chairman, Lord Moynihan can be found here
    2:09PM BST 31 Jul 2012
  10. markbrook
    If we all the players use drugs for there stamina enhancement then what is the purpose of Olympics its an entertainment and a get together where players can show there efforts and abilities.
  11. MightyBlaze
    just shows everyone does em
  12. source
    Olympic cycling: Russia's Victoria Baranova fails drugs test

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27525&stc=1&d=1344154980[/imgl]Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova has been expelled from the London Olympics after testing positive for the male hormone testosterone.

    The 22-year-old was due to compete in Friday's women's keirin competition but was sent home earlier this week.

    Baranova failed an International Olympic Committee (IOC) pre-Games drugs test in Belarus on 24 July.

    "She has admitted to taking a banned substance," the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed.

    UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said: "We have been working closely with the IOC and we are very happy with this collaboration, which strengthens our fight against doping."

    A hearing had been planned for Friday but it was cancelled after Baranova admitted the violation.

    Commenting on Baranova's admission, BBC Sport analyst and world champion Mark Cavendish said: "It is frustrating."
    "Our sport has been dragged through a lot, really dragged through the mud. It is always in the spotlight.
    "It really winds me up. It's not only cycling, but this is a cyclist. We have to put up with the questions and everything. It's really disappointing."

    Baranova is the latest athlete to be expelled from London 2012.

    Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku was the first to be ejected from the Games after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol.

    Article on BBC News 3rd August 2012.
  13. source
    Two more athletes fail drugs tests

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27526&stc=1&d=1344155427[/imgl]Brazilian rower Kissya Cataldo da Costa has been suspended for failing a drugs test.

    The 30-year-old did not show up for the C final in the women's single sculls event at Eton Dorney following news of her ban.

    Brazil's Olympic Committee said Costa had failed a test conducted by the International Rowing Federation in Brazil on 12 July.

    Costa had been competing in her first Olympic Games.

    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27527&stc=1&d=1344155427[/imgr]Colombian runner Diego Palomeque has been temporarily banned from the London Olympics after failing a drugs test.

    The 18-year-old did not take part in the men's 400m heats after a urine sample that he provided in London on 26 July tested positive for testosterone.

    The International Olympic Committee said they would wait until the results of a 'B' sample before taking further action.

    Palomeque faces a possible two-year suspension as a first-time offender.

    Updates from BBC News 5th August 2012.
  14. Magneto
    Greek high jumper Dimitrios Chondrokoukis has pulled out of London 2012 after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol.

    The 2012 world indoor champion was one of Greece's best hopes of a medal.

    Chondrokoukis, 24, jumped a personal best of 2.33 metres when he took gold in Istanbul in March, beating Britain's Robbie Grabarz, who finished sixth.


    Stanozolol is the same substance taken by Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson in 1988.
  15. source
    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27537&stc=1&d=1344277138[/imgl]LONDON—An American judo fighter was expelled from the Olympics on Monday after failing a drug test, the first U.S. athlete to be sanctioned by Games officials for doping and the fifth competitor overall during the Games period.
    Several additional athletes, including a Moldovan track athlete, have been expelled by their countries' national organizing committees for doping but aren't included in the official Games count of positive tests.

    The U.S. competitor, Nicholas Delpopolo, tested positive for marijuana. In a statement to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Delpopolo said that the result was "caused by his inadvertent consumption of food (prior to his leaving for the London Olympic Games) that he did not realize had been baked with marijuana," according to documents released by the International Olympic Committee following a hearing with the athlete.
    He also said in the statement that he was embarrassed by the mistake and apologized to the USOC, his teammates and fans.

    Delpopolo had placed seventh at a 73-kilogram judo event last Monday. He is the only one of the banned athletes who actually competed in an Olympic event before being expelled.
    On Saturday, Russian sprinter and cyclist Victoria Baranova was banned from the Games and a Colombian sprinter, Diego Palomeque Echavarria, was provisionally suspended after testing positive for testosterone.

    The London Games have been touted as the most drug-tested Olympics in history, as officials continue to try and crack down on doping. The IOC said Monday it had conducted 3,486 drug tests so far, out of the roughly 5,000 it expects to conduct during the Games.
    The top five finishers in each competition plus two random competitors are automatically drug-tested. In addition, the IOC is at liberty to test around the clock any athletes it wishes, and is also conducting targeted tests on athletes whom it suspects of doping, based on intelligence.
    Samples from the Olympics will be stored and potentially can be retested for up to eight years when new tests become available.

    The 23-year-old Delpopolo was born in Montenegro and spent the first years of his life in an orphanage there. He was adopted by a New Jersey couple and raised in the U.S.
    In high school, Delpopolo "began making poor choices and was gaining a reputation of a 'bad boy'," according to his website, nickdelpopolo.com. "He was caught smoking cigarettes and began hanging out with a bad crowd." Delpopolo credits judo with helping turn his life around.
    Entering the Olympics in the 73-kilogram competition, Delpopolo was considered a possible medal contender for the U.S.

    Based on his fiery demeanor at the competition last week, Delpopolo seemed like an unlikely candidate to be disqualified for using marijuana.
    The 5-foot-8-inch, 161-pound fighter won his first two rounds last Monday, beating judoka from Hong Kong and Belgium. Delpopolo was intense off the mat, too, giving gruff, monosyllabic answers to a series of questions from a reporter between bouts.
    Other Olympic judo fighters described him as intense but friendly.

    Last Monday, when he lost in the quarterfinals to a South Korean athlete, based on a vote by three referees, he fell to the mat and covered his face in his hands.
    "Cheats can never rest," said Mark Adams, a spokesman for the IOC. "The war on doping is a war [in which] we can never declare total victory, it would be like saying can we stop all cheating or crime in the world.

    But are we doing everything to catch and deter cheats? Absolutely. Are we winning the battle if not the war? You bet."

    By Shirley S Wang and David Enrich, The Wall Street Journal, 6th August 2012.
  16. source
    Expulsion of Olympic Athlete for Marijuana Raises Questions

    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27565&stc=1&d=1344531961[/imgr]An American Olympic judo contender, Nick Delpopolo, was expelled from the London 2012 Olympic Games Monday after he tested positive for marijuana, and that has some experts raising questions about whether it makes sense to include marijuana on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of banned substances.

    Delpopolo said he had inadvertently consumed marijuana in a food item he did not know contained it.

    Concerns about athletes "cheating" by using performance enhancing drugs is one thing, but the use of recreational drugs that do not enhance -- and could well detract from -- competitive performance is another. Recreational drugs are banned not because they might provide an athlete with an unfair advantage, but because their use by athletes can cause public relations problems for organized sports, which like to tout athletes as role models for youth.

    But some experts told Reuters Monday that sports' PR concerns were no reason to ban athletes for using marijuana. They also suggested the time, expense, and effort of drug testing athletes might be better spent going after real cheats who do blood doping with EPO or use anabolic steroids to increase muscle growth and testosterone levels.

    "There's no evidence cannabis is ever performance enhancing in sport, and since its use is legal in a number of countries, there's no reason for it to be banned by WADA," said David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. "I can't think of any sport in which it would be an advantage. And it seems ludicrous that someone could quite legally smoke cannabis in Amsterdam in the morning and then come over to London in the afternoon and be banned from competing."

    But marijuana is banned by WADA, and that means athletes caught using it during a competition face a two-year ban. Still, unlike performance enhancing drugs, WADA does not punish athletes who test positive for pot outside of competitions. That stance has led some scientists to suggest that WADA's reason for banning marijuana is political, not scientific.

    "The problem is the elite athletes should be seen as role models for young kids, and so they ban cannabis because they don't want to have the image of gold medalists smoking joints," said one British-based sports scientist who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

    [Ed: If officials don't link images of athletes smoking marijuana, they might have a poor strategy -- no one knew Delpolo used it, before he was sanctioned, but now everyone does.]

    "It's hard to imagine how smoking a joint or eating marijuana brownies is going to help somebody in judo," said Michael Joyner, a member of the Physiological Society and a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in the United States. "My advice to WADA is that they should focus on drugs that are clearly performance enhancing in the sports where they are clearly performance enhancing."

    According to WADA, substance merit inclusion on its banned substances list if they meet two of these three criteria: they are proven to be performance enhancing, they are dangerous to the health of athletes, or they are contrary to the spirit of sport. There is little or no evidence that marijuana can enhance sporting performance, while there is evidence it could have a negative impact. It can slow reaction times, cause coordination problems, and reduce hand-eye coordination, none of which is going to increase an athlete's chances of victory.

    While marijuana is not harm free, there is little evidence it is dangerous to the health of athletes. Nor is it clear why marijuana use would be "contrary to the spirit of sport."

    WADA isn't keen to clarify. It refused to comment Monday on a Reuters query about why marijuana is banned.

    By Phillip Smith, August 06, 2012, Article on StopTheDrugWar.org
  17. source
    Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Belarus shot putter, stripped of gold medal

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=27648&stc=1&d=1345058570[/imgl]LONDON (AP) - Just hours after the close of the Olympics, a female shot putter from Belarus was stripped of her gold Monday in the first case of an athlete losing a medal for doping at the London Games.

    With the disqualification of Nadzeya Ostapchuk, the gold medal was awarded to Valerie Adams of New Zealand - who winds up as Olympic champion for the second time in a row.

    The International Olympic Committee said Ostapchuk, a former world champion, tested positive for steroids both before and after winning the shot put last week for her first Olympic gold.

    After an IOC hearing, she was formally expelled from the games and had her victory and medal removed from the records. She was the eighth athlete, and first medalist, caught during the IOC's London drug-testing program.

    "Catching cheats like this sends a message to all those who dope that we will catch them," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press.

    Track and field's governing body, the IAAF, will consider further action against Ostapchuk, who could face a two-year ban from the sport.

    Adams was bumped up from Olympic silver to gold, with Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia upgraded to silver and fourth-place finisher Gong Lijiao of China moved up to bronze.

    Adams now has a second gold to go with her victory in Beijing four years ago.

    "I am speechless with this news," she told New Zealand's national broadcaster TVNZ from her base in Switzerland. "It is taking me some time to take this in. It is huge and I am absolutely thrilled of course. It makes me extraordinarily proud as a New Zealander.

    "It is also encouraging for those athletes, like myself who are proud to compete cleanly, that the system works and doping cheats are caught."

    Adams' New Zealand teammates were ecstatic when they learned she would get the gold after all.
    "Everyone cried - it was pretty emotional," said Annalie Longo, a member of the women's football team, as she left the athletes village Monday. "We're just so happy, she worked so hard and she totally deserved the gold medal."

    She expressed regret that Adams had not been able to receive the gold medal at the victory ceremony.
    "We feel cheated in a way, not being able to play the anthem and having taken the moment off her," Longo said.

    The IOC took more than 5,000 urine and blood samples in London, including no-notice controls conducted outside competition. Until the shot put case, the games were set to end with medal standings in all 302 events unaltered by doping scandals.

    The 31-year-old Ostapchuk, world champion in 2005, recorded the biggest shot put mark in a decade in the lead up to the Olympics. She won the gold with a mark of 21.36 meters.

    The IOC said she tested positive for the steroid metenolone on Aug. 5, a day before her competition, and immediately after she won the event. The "A'' and the backup "B'' samples from both tests came back positive.

    Ostapchuk told media in Belarus that she had done nothing wrong.

    "I do not understand where it could come from," she told internet news agency Noviny.by. "I'm looking like an idiot to take this in heading for the games and knowing that it is so easy to be tested. Nonsense. I'm being tested every month, every week.

    "I hope for the better. The most important for me is to clear my reputation. I've been in the sports for so many years and have never faced any claims. And now at the major event and after the gold medal ... I do not understand it."

    A hearing was held Sunday, a few hours before the closing ceremony, attended by three Belarus team officials. They told the IOC that Ostapchuk had been tested in Belarus on July 25, July 26 and Aug. 1, and the results were negative. The athlete arrived in London on Aug. 4 and went straight to the athletes village.

    "They had no explanation as to why such a substance would have been found in the sample of the athlete," the IOC said.

    After seeing the test results, the Belarus team did not contest that the steroids were found in her system.
    The Belarus Olympic Committee and national anti-doping agency will investigate and "take the appropriate measures," the IOC said.

    IAAF scientific expert Jordi Segura said metenolone could be taken either orally or by injection, and the substance can be eliminated from the system within four to five days, the IOC said.

    It's the second Olympic doping scandal here for Belarus. The team had earlier sent home hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan after retests of his samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he won silver, came back positive.

    Besides Ostapchuk, only one athlete tested positive for a banned substance after competing in London. U.S. judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was cited for traces of marijuana in his urine sample.

    "This is the eighth athlete to have been caught by our extensive in-games testing but many more were kept away from the games by the pre-games program," Adams said. "And keeping samples for eight years means that we can continue to test long after the competition is over."

    Three Beijing events were tainted by drug scandals during the 2008 Games, and two more medals were changed months later when a new test for the blood-booster CERA was introduced. The signature men's 1,500-meter gold medal was stripped retroactively from Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain.

    15th August 2012, ABC7 News
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