Nuria Diosdado suspended for doping

11/13/2010 - Olympic Sports

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Mexican synchronized swimmer Nuria Diosdado has been given a one-year ban by the international swimming federation for doping.

The federation, known as FINA, said its doping panel ruled on Diosdado's case after she tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol at the Central American and Caribbean Games held in July in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

FINA said Diosdado, who won six gold medals at the games, would be stripped of all of her results and prizes won since July 25 -- a period that includes the games.

Diosdado, whose ban runs through Sept. 7, 2011, can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Also, the FINA panel imposed a one-year ban on Russian swimmer Maxim Shcherbakov for failing to inform drug-testing teams of his whereabouts to give out-of-competition samples. He broke anti-doping rules with three such failures within 18 months.

Shcherbakov's ban began Nov. 5, three days after he won the 200-meter breaststroke event at the World Cup meeting in Moscow.

FINA also reported that the Colombian federation banned diver Juan Guillermo Uran for two years after he tested positive for cocaine at a competition in Cartagena. Uran's ban runs through June 25, 2012.