Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Asian Games to announce another doping case

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GUANGZHOU, China (AP) - The Olympic Council of Asia has confirmed another doping case at the Asian Games.
Dr. Mani Jegathesan, chairman of the OCA's medical committee, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that an athlete had breached anti-doping rules. He would not name the athlete or the sport.
A formal announcement was expected after 2 p.m. local time (0600 GMT).
Last Friday, Uzbekistan's Shokir Muminov was disqualified and stripped of his judo silver medal in the first doping case of the games. Jegathesan said then that Muminov's urine sample showed traces of the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine.
The 27-year-old Muminov lost the gold-medal match in the 81-kilogram division to South Korea's Kim Jae-bum.
WADA recently loosened the classification of Methylhexaneamine for next year to the "specified stimulant" list, which covers drugs that are more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties.
Sanctions for use of the drug can be reduced if athletes prove they did not intend to enhance performance. Penalties range from a warning to a two-year ban.
The Guangzhou games, which involve more than 10,000 athletes competing in 42 sports, end Saturday.
Games organizers have said all the anticipated 1,500 urine and 200 blood tests taken during the games will be assessed at the WADA-accredited lab in Beijing, which did drug screenings during the 2008 Olympics.
At the last Asian Games at Doha, Qatar in 2006, four weightlifters tested positive to banned substances, including a silver medalist from Myanmar in the 75-kilogram category and an Uzbek lifter who tested positive for cannabis.
Iraq's Saad Faeaz, a bodybuilder, was disqualified from the Games after a banned steroid was found in his luggage in Doha International Airport. Two other bodybuilders flunked tests in cases that were announced after the games.

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