Lutai will miss Vancouver Games
MOSCOW -- Andrei Lutai, a Russian figure skater who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car and driving drunk in the United States last week, was handed a one-year ban by the country's skating governing body that will keep him out of the Winter Olympics.
"For violating ethical norms of an athlete, the executive board excluded Andrei Lutai from the national team for a period of one year until Nov. 15, 2010," Russia's Figure Skating Federation (RFSF) said in a statement Wednesday.
Lutai, who finished ninth in this year's world championships in Los Angeles, spent several days in prison after allegedly stealing a car at a service station in Lake Placid, N.Y., where he was competing in Skate America.
He was then released and sent home.
Lake Placid police charged Lutai, 23, with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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