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Paralympics rocked as two more athletes banned for drug use

Jeff Lee at the Beijing Games, Vancouver Sun

Published: Thursday, September 11, 2008

Two more powerlifters have been caught using drugs and have been banned from the Paralympics.

On Thursday the International Paralympic Committee announced that powerlifters Facourou Sissoko of Mali and Liudmyla Osmanova of the Ukraine tested positive for anabolic agents in out-of-competition testing.

The findings, which both brought automatic suspensions of two years' ineligibility, bring to four the number of athletes who have been caught cheating at the Paralympics.

On Wednesday German wheelchair basketball player Ahmet Coskun had his credentials revoked after German officials found traces of banned steroid masking agent Finasteride in his urine. He had been tested on Aug. 23.

On Tuesday the IPC announced its first anti-doping violation, stripping Pakistani powerlifter Naveed Ahmed Butt of his credentials after an out-of-competition test on Sept. 4 showed traces of an anabolic agent, methandienone metabolites, in his urine. He too was banned from competition for two years.

In Thursday's announcement the IPC said Sissoko's doping was discovered in a drug test on Sept. 6. Osmanova's test took place on on August 29 while she was at a training camp in Tianbei Lu, China.

jefflee@png.canwest.com

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