Olympics: Moroccan runner expelled for dopingAugust 4th, 2012 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Moroccan 1,500 metres runner Amine Laalou is out of the Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Saturday.
Laalou, an Olympic semifinalist four years ago, won gold at the IAAF Continental Cup in 2010.
“They were both pre-Games testing and it shows that that system is working,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, referring to Laalou and Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova, who told R-Sport Friday that she had taken artificial testosterone.
“I am not an expert on doping but I think, in terms of the level, we have at the moment a very low level indeed of positive tests,” Adams said.
Laalou tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic used as a masking agent, after last month’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco, French newspaper L’Equipe reported Friday.
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