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Second doping case of the games:

Venezuelan long jumper Victor Castillo has tested positive for a banned stimulant and will be forced to give up his Pan American Games gold medal, sports officials said Wednesday.

The Venezuelan Athletics Federation announced that Castillo's doping test showed traces of methylhexaneamine, which is found in some energy drinks and dietary supplements.

The stimulant is the same as the one found in wakeboarder Aaron Rathy of Nanaimo, B.C., who was forced to return his silver medal at the Games.

The International Association of Athletics Federations informed Venezuelan authorities of the test results following the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Venezuelan Olympic Committee said in a statement that the 30-year-old's case will be considered by a disciplinary committee and that he will likely face a lifetime suspension.

Castillo was previously suspended for two years in 2006 after tests found furosemide, a banned diuretic and masking agent.

"We aren't sorry about the loss of the medal. We're sorry about the loss of talent of an athlete like Victor Castillo, who gave the country that happiness at the moment of winning the gold," Eduardo Alvarez, president of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee, said in a statement.

Castillo had given Venezuela its first men's gold medal in the long jump at the Pan American Games.

Venezuelan Castillo forced to forfeit Pan Am medal after doping

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Opening Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games Receives Emmy Award

15 September 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – During the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Maria Rosario Mendoza received an Emmy Award for costume design for the FiveCurrents production of the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony took place on 14 October 2011 at Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara, México in front of a broadcast audience of more than 200 million people in every country across North and South America.

FiveCurrents’ President and Executive Producer Scott Givens said, “I am thrilled for Maria. Her costume designs were modern and fresh, but still paid tribute to Guadalajara’s rich heritage. They added tremendous life, beauty, color and authenticity to the Opening Ceremony, and I am proud to have the chance to work with such world-class talent.”



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