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Friday, February 17, 2006

First Dope of The Season

Congratulations to Olga Pyleva of Russia, who has won the dubious Olympic distinction of being the first competitor during this year's Winter Olympics in Turin to be thrown out for a positive doping test.

She was one of the favorites in Thursday's 7.5KM biathlon event. She had won the women's 15KM on Monday. However, she tested positive for a banned stimulant carphedon, after winning the gold medal.

Nikolai Durmanov, the head of Russia's anti-doping committee, claimed that the test result was a mistake; and that it was caused by an over-the-counter medication given to Pyleva by a doctor last month, for an ankle injury.

The Olympics, ever keen to protect its "clean" image, had claimed that Pyleva's absence from the event was due to illness.

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