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IOC confirms Lyudmila Blonska has committed a violation of anti-doping rules
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17:58, August 22, 2008

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Friday confirmed Ukraine heptathlon athlete Lyudmila Blonska has committed a violation of the Anti-Doping Rules.

In the official communique issued Friday, the IOC Executive Board said the Ukrainian athlete was disqualified from the women's heptathlon and from the women's long jump qualifying round.

The results of the above mentioned events would be modified accordingly, said the official document.

On Thursday, IOC decided to provisionally suspend Blonska following her positive test during the Beijing Olympic Games.

In both A and B samples from the Beijing Games silver medalist, the same banned substance Methyltestosterone was found, said the IOC in a statement.

Thus IOC disciplinary commission met on Thursday to decide that Blonska was temporarily banned from all competitions with immediate effect and stripped of her accreditation, which means she won't be able to compete in Friday's long jump final.

Blonska finished second in the women's heptathlon behind compatriot Natalya Dobrynska on last Saturday.

It was the second time Blonska failed a doping test. She served a doping suspension between 2003-05 and could face life-time ban after this second offence.

Four athletes have been kicked out of the Aug. 8-24 games so far over doping offences. They are women's 400m hurdles defending champion Fani Halkia of Greece, DPR Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno and Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do.

Source: Xinhua

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