Doping Gets Another Russian Team Booted From Olympics

Rower's urine sample had banned substance in it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2016 7:00 PM CDT
Doping Gets Another Russian Team Booted From Olympics
Team Russia competes in the Men's Quadruple Sculls semifinals at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

World rowing's ruling body says that the Russian men's quadruple sculls team has been disqualified from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for a doping violation, and will be replaced at the games by New Zealand, the AP reports. The World Rowing Federation says that trimetazidine, a banned substance, was found in a urine sample given by rower Sergei Fedorovtsev in an out of competition test on May 17. He competed a week later at the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Switzerland, where Russia initially qualified for the games and New Zealand placed third.

As Fedorovtsev, who won gold in the 2004 Olympics, had provided a positive doping test, the federation said "the results of all competitions in which the rower participated after 17 May 2016 are therefore automatically disqualified." The Russian track and field team has also been disqualified from the Olympics over doping. (More 2016 Olympics stories.)

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