Female Syrian Olympic hurdler DQ’d for doping

A female hurdler from Syria was kicked out of the London

Olympics on Saturday after failing a drug test.

The IOC said 400-meter hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad tested positive

for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine on Aug. 3. Her backup

”B” sample confirmed the positive finding.

The 23-year-old athlete finished eighth and last in her

first-round heat on Aug. 5.

The IOC said Almouhamad has been disqualified and stripped of

her Olympic accreditation.

The IOC sent her case to the IAAF to officially change the

results and consider any further action against the athlete.

Almouhamad was one of 10 Syrian athletes, six men and four

women, registered to compete in seven different sports in London.

The Syrians came to the Olympics despite the escalating violence in

their homeland.

Protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March

2011 and became a civil war which activists say has killed at least

20,000 people.

The head of the Syrian Olympic Committee, Gen. Mowaffak Joumaa,

was denied a visa to come to London by British authorities.

Almouhamad is the seventh positive case reported by the IOC

since the Olympic body started its games testing program on July

16. She is only the second athlete who competed in London that has

been sanctioned for doping. The others were caught before


American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled after testing

positive during competition for marijuana, which he said he

unintentionally consumed in something he ate.

Gymnast Luiza Galiulina of Uzbekistan and Albanian weightlifter

Hysen Pulaku were expelled for failing pre-games tests. Galiulina

tested positive for the diuretic furosemide, while Pulaku was

caught for using the steroid stanozolol.

Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova was disqualified after

testing positive for testosterone on July 24 in Belarus, and

Colombian 400-meter runner Diego Palomeque was suspended for a

testosterone positive on July 26 in London.

Italian race walker Alex Schwazer was formally disqualified by

the IOC after the Italian Olympic Committee removed him from the

team for a positive EPO test in Italy before the games.