A RUSSIAN cyclist and Colombian runner were sanctioned by the IOC on Saturday for failing pre-competition drug tests, bringing to four the number of official doping cases so far at the London Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee said Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova was expelled after testing positive for testosterone on July 24 in Ratomka, Belarus. Her positive test had been confirmed on Saturday by cycling's world governing body.
The 22-year-old Baranova was the bronze medalist in the sprint at the European championships, and the two-time under-23 European champion in both the sprint and the keirin.
The IOC said her accreditation was taken away and she was kicked out of the games. Her case was forwarded to the international federation for any further sanctions.
Colombian 400-meter runner Diego Palomeque was provisionally suspended after testing positive for testosterone on July 26 in London. The 18-year-old athlete did not start in his scheduled heat Saturday.
Read more at NZ Herald.
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