LONDON -- U.S. judoka Nicholas Delpopolo, who placed seventh in his division at the Olympics, has been thrown out of the London Games after testing positive for marijuana.
The judo fighter, of Westfield, N.J., issued a statement of apology, saying that the test was caused by a "mistake."
"My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games. I apologize to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake.
"I look forward to representing my country in the future and will re-dedicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."
The International Olympic Committee announced his disqualification on Monday afternoon and said that the positive drug test came after his competition in the 73-kilogram division on July 30.