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Ukrainian weightlifter Razoronov expelled from Games for doping

8/23/2008 - Olympic Sports

BEIJING -- Ukrainian weightlifter Igor Razoronov was kicked
out of the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, the sixth athlete caught
for doping during the Games.

Razoronov tested positive for the steroid nandrolone after
finishing sixth in the 105-kilogram (231.5 pounds) division Monday,
the International Olympic Committee said.

The 38-year-old Razoronov was disqualified and expelled from the
Games.

The IOC asked the international weightlifting federation to
adjust the competition results and consider any further sanctions.
Razoronov faces a two-year ban from the sport.

Another Ukrainian, Lyudmila Blonska, was stripped of her
heptathlon silver medal Friday after testing positive for the
steroid methyltestosterone.

The IOC said Razoronov's doping sample was more than four times
over the permitted threshold for nandrolone. He did not request
testing of his backup "B" sample.

The IOC said Razoronov did not attend the disciplinary hearing
into his case but told Ukrainian officials by phone that he had not
taken any prohibited substance.

The IOC said Ukrainian team officials "apologized," saying
Razoronov had undergone surgery for elbow and knee injuries and
that his positive test might have resulted from medication he was
using.

IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch, however, said it was
unlikely medical treatment would lead to the presence of nandrolone
and that Razoronov had not requested any exemption for use of
medications.

Razoronov is the only weightlifter who has tested positive in
Beijing. Eleven Greek weightlifters and 12 Bulgarian lifters failed
drug tests ahead of the Beijing Games.

Others disqualified for doping during the games were Greek
hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Spanish
cyclist Isabel Moreno and Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do.
Kim was stripped of silver and bronze medals.

The IOC has carried out more than 4,600 doping tests so far,
with the figure expected to surpass 5,000 by the close of the Games
Sunday night.