Gymnast from Uzbekistan Banned
An Uzbekistan gymnast was suspended provisionally from the current London Olympic Games after she failed a drug test Sunday. This was the second case of doping during the games. Luiza Galiulina, who is not one of the more well known gymnasts and has no medal hopes, received a positive test for the diuretic furosemide, which is banned. Her test was from urine taken Wednesday in London during a pre-games test.
On Saturday night, she attended a hearing and the 20-year old was suspended. She will now have her B or backup sample tested on Sunday afternoon. She had been scheduled to compete in qualifying for the women on Sunday.
The International Olympic Committee on Saturday suspended Hysen Pulaku, a weightlifter from Albania. He tested positive on July 23 for stanzolol a banned steroid.
Galiulina won the bronze medal at the Asian Games in 2010 on the balance beam. In 2008, she finished in 60th place in the Beijing Olympics. The IOC said the gymnast contended that she had not taken furosemide and was unaware how it entered into her system.
She claimed her mother had treated her at her home when she became ill last month. She also said she took medication this month for a heart condition and used a number of other products to aid in her sleep.
However, the IOC said there was no corroborating evidence present to support the gymnast’s defense that she was not intending to help her performance or try to hide the use of another banned substance.
Over 5,000 blood and urine tests will be conducted by the IOC during the London Games. All athletes who medal will be tested.