Armenian Stripped of Bronze for Doping

SYDNEY (Reuters)–An Armenian and Norwegian athlete have tested positive for drugs–taking the number of Olympic athletes caught taking banned substances in competition in Sydney to seven–an IOC medical commission official said on Sunday.

Armenian weightlifter Ashot Danielyan has been stripped of the bronze medal he won last Tuesday in the super heavyweight division–said Patrick Schamasch of the International Olympic Committee. He tested positive for the steroid stanozolol.

Norwegian wrestler Fritz Aanes–who came fourth in the 85 kg Greco Roman wrestling had also tested positive in competition for drugs–he told reporters.

He said Russian 400 metres runner Svetlana Pospelova–who tested positive for steroids during an out-of-competition test during the Games–had been disqualified.


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