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Uzbekistan gymnast expelled from London Olympics for doping

August 01, 2012|By Helene Elliott
  • Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina, shown arriving at Heathrow Airport in London before the Olympics, was expelled from the Games on Wednesday after a follow-up test confirmed the presence of a banned diuretic in her system.
Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina, shown arriving at Heathrow Airport in London… (Saeed Khan / AFP/Getty Images )

LONDON -- A gymnast from Uzbekistan has become the second athlete to be expelled from the London Olympics for doping, after a follow-up urine test confirmed a positive finding on her initial screening.

The International Olympic Committee, which had provisionally suspended Luiza Galiulina after the first positive result, announced Wednesday that it had revoked her credential and had referred her case file to the International Gymnastics Federation for possible addition sanctions.

Galiulina, who wasn’t a medal contender, provided a urine sample on July 25 that tested positive for the banned substance furosemide, a diuretic, officials said. An analysis of the second sample confirmed that finding.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach, Frank Fredericks and Göran Petersson, decided on the sanctions and issued a full decision.

Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku was the first athlete ejected from the Games, for testing positive for the steroid stanozolol.

Under its anti-doping rules, the IOC began testing athletes for the London Games on July 16 and will continue through Aug. 12. During that time, the IOC performs tests before and after events. After each event, the top five finishers are tested as well as two others chosen at random. Athletes are also subject to unannounced tests out of competition. The IOC is expected to carry out 5,000 tests during the Games.

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