Swimmer suspended for doping

A Russian swimmer who took part in the London Olympics has been banned from competition for doping.

A statement Saturday from the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA says Natalya Lovtsova has been banned for 2.5 years. It did not give specifics of her violation.

Lovtsova swam on the Russian 4×100 freestyle relay team in the London Games, the R-Sport news agency said.

RUSADA also announced provisional suspensions of several other athletes after initial tests indicated the presence of banned substances in their systems. They are weightlifter Maxim Koretsky; belt wrestlers Ildara Bilyaletdinov, Alibek Akbayev, Gamlet Dzhioyev and Anastasia Proskurina; wrestler Adam Anzorov; blind powerlifter Pavel Nesterenko; and track and field competitors Dmitry Drobin, Pavel Karavayev, Valeria Kharitonova, Marina Buchelnikova, Evgenia Solovyeva and Valentin Kruglyakov.