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Polish bobsledder Zalewski tested positive in Sochi: IOC

BERLIN (Reuters) - Polish bobsledder Daniel Zalewski tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi winter Olympics and his four-man team have been excluded from those Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. He becomes the seventh athlete to be sanctioned for doping offences at the Olympics that ended on February 23, six more than at the Vancouver 2010 Games. "Zalewski, 22, tested positive on 22 February for the banned substance N-ethyl-1-phenylbutan-2-amine," the IOC said in a statement.

Azerbaijan weightlifting body fined for repeated offenses

(Reuters) - Azerbaijan's weightlifting body has been fined $500,000 after nine lifters tested positive last year, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a statement. The governing body said the Azeri federation has been given six months to pay up and until the fine is paid in full the Caspian country would not be eligible to participate in the IWF events.

Olympics: Austrian tests positive for EPO in fifth doping case

An Austrian cross country skier was thrown out of the Sochi Olympics and labelled a "scoundrel" by his own team Sunday after testing positive for blood booster EPO -- the fifth doping case to hit the Games. Johannes Duerr, who had been due to take part in the men's 50km on the final day of the Games, tested positive in a pre-competition test in Austria on February 16, organisers said in a statement.

Olympics: Top Austrian skier tests positive for EPO in fifth doping case

A leading Austrian cross country skier has been thrown out of the Sochi Olympics after testing positive for EPO, in the fifth doping case to hit these Winter Games, organisers and the Austrian team said Sunday. Johannes Duerr, who had been due to take part in the men's 50km Sunday on the final day of the Games, tested positive for EPO in a pre-competition test in Austria on February 16, organisers said in a statement.

Olympics: Ukraine Nordic skier Lisogor fails doping test

Ukrainian cross country skier Marina Lisogor has tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Olympic Games, the country's Olympic committee said Saturday. Lisogor, 30, told a disciplinary hearing that she had unwittingly consumed the banned substance in a medicine. "The decision about the future fate of the athlete will be taken in line with IOC rules," the Ukraine Olympic Committee said.

Easier for couples to forgive cheating than money problems: BMO survey

TORONTO - A new survey suggests that Canadian couples may be more willing to forgive a cheating spouse than to overlook money problems. According to the poll by the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), 68 per cent of those surveyed say fighting over money would be their top reason for divorce, followed by infidelity (60 per cent) and disagreements about family (36 per cent). The survey, released ahead of Valentine's Day, also found discrepancies not only over who is in charge of finances for a household, but also who is to blame when budgets go awry.

More U.S. nuclear missile officers implicated in cheating scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force investigation into exam cheating by America's nuclear missile officers has widened, with roughly double the original 34 officers now under review, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Air Force disclosed this month that 34 officers were under investigation, either for cheating on a key proficiency exam last year or for knowing about the cheating and failing to report it. Some nuclear officers have also been implicated in an investigation into illegal drug possession.

Weightlifting: Tunisia withdraw from worlds after doping blow

The Tunisian Weightlifting Federation FTH) confirmed on Monday their team had pulled out of the world weightlifting championships underway in Poland after two lifters failed drugs tests. FTH technical director Mohamed Ben Amor said that Khalil Mouaouia and Ramzi Bahloul had returned positive tests for unspecified banned substances. "It's a psychological blow for the rest of the team, we understood that they couldn't achieve good results (in the circumstances)," he added. The pair are awaiting an international sanction. ms-alf/ea/nr

Athletics: Italian athlete caught with fake penis in dope test

Italian athlete Devis Licciardi risks a two year ban after using a fake penis during a doping control. The 27-year-old was caught with the artificial organ at the Italian championships at Molfetta last Saturday. After competing in the 10km road race Licciardi was discovered with the device by a controller during a urine test. Licciardi informed the official that he wanted to be alone to carry out the test only to be told: "No, I have to stay close to you as the rules stipulate," the Gazzetta dello sport reported.

Johnson scandal stunted sport's commercial growth

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Marketing experts fondly recall Seoul 1988 as the Games when the Olympic movement put behind it political boycotts and started to develop its true commercial potential. However, the sensational Ben Johnson drugs bust in Seoul and subsequent failure to stamp out doping has meant that athletics - the centerpiece of the Games - has been left behind by other sports in the wider battle for sponsor dollars.
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