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2 Olympic Athletes Fail Drug Test

September 19, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Two athletes, including a Bulgarian weightlifting medalist, tested positive for banned drugs at the Sydney Olympics, the first doping cases from the Summer Games themselves.

The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday (Tuesday night EDT) that it had stripped the silver medal in the 56-kilogram weightlifting class from Ivan Ivanov, who tested positive for a diuretic.

Ivanov kissed his barbell after he had clinched the medal Saturday, the first full day of competition. Diuretics are used to flush fluid from an athlete’s body to reduce weight, but also can be used to mask the presence of other performance enhancing drugs.

The other athlete was a hammer thrower from Belarus whose identity was not immediately released. He tested positive for nandrolone in an out-of-competiotion test in the athletes’ village, IOC executive board member Kevan Gosper said.

These would be the first athletes banned as a result of tests conducted during the games. Several others had previously been banned as a result of out-of-competition testing.

Details were to be announced later in the day at an IOC news conference.

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