Friday, January 18, 2013

IAAF bans 2 female Olympic athletes for doping

MONACO, MONACO—The IAAF says two female athletes whose doping cases emerged at the London Olympics have been suspended by their national federations. The IAAF says Syrian 400-metre hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad is banned for six months through Feb. 9. Almouhamad tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in a sample taken Aug. 3, two days before she finished eighth in her first-round heat at the Olympics. The IAAF says Turkish long jumper Karin Mey Melis has been banned for two years until Aug. 7, 2014. Mey Melis was withdrawn from the Olympic final hours before competing, when details of her failed test at the European Championships in June were confirmed. She tested positive for testosterone after finishing fifth at the Europeans in Helsinki.