Ukrainian weightlifter Razoronov expelled from Games for doping

Updated: August 23, 2008, 10:58 AM ET
Associated Press

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.


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