Sunday, June 4, 2023

Colombia runner Palomeque banned for testosterone use

(Reuters) – Colombian 400 meters runner Diego Palomeque Echevarria was excluded from the London Olympics on Sunday after a second sample tested positive for testosterone, the International Olympic Committee said.

Palomeque had been provisionally suspended on August 4 pending results of the second test. He now faces a maximum two-year ban as a first-time offender.

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“Eighteen-year-old Palomeque Echevarria, who was scheduled to compete on 4 August, provided a urine sample on 26 July in London that tested positive for testosterone of exogenous origin,” the IOC said.

“The analysis of the B sample confirmed the results of the A sample.”

Palomeque is the 12th athlete to be sent home by the IOC or the team itself for failing a drugs test since the start of the Olympic period on July 16.

The IOC has conducted more than 5,000 tests at the Games that end later on Sunday.

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More than 115 athletes were also caught using banned substances in the three months leading up to the Games following increased testing by national and international anti-doping agencies, designed to root out cheats before they arrived in London.

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