Athletes fail doping tests

The IAAF says seven athletes who competed at the world

championships in Moscow last month failed doping tests and have

already been sanctioned or provisionally suspended.

Three competitors tested positive for EPO: race walkers Ayman

Kozhakhmetova of Kazakhstan and Ebrahim Rahimian of Iran, and

marathon runner Jeremias Saloj of Guatemala.

A steroid was found in the urine samples of javelin thrower

Roman Avramenko of Ukraine, and sprinters Yelena Ryabova of

Turkmenistan and Elyzaveta Bryzgina of Ukraine.

Afghani sprinter Massoud Azizi tested positive for a

metabolite of nandrolone.

The IAAF says 538 athletes had their urine tested during the

worlds, and 132 before the event.