Saturday, August 28, 2004
Female wrestler also expelled
ATHENS, Greece -- Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics
was stripped of his silver medal and kicked out of the Olympics on
Saturday for using steroids. Puerto Rican wrestler Mabel Fonseca
was also expelled for a positive drug test.
Gyurkovics used oxandrolone, the International Olympic Committee
said. He competed in the 105-kilogram (231-pound) class and set an
Olympic record by lifting 195 kilograms (429 pounds) in the snatch
on Tuesday, but finished second to Dmitri Berestov of Russia in the
Ukraine's Igor Razoronov will get the silver medal and Russian
Gleb Pisarevskiy the bronze.
Fonseca tested positive for the steroid stanozolol. She finished
fifth in the 121-pound (55 kg) category. Women's wrestling was
added to the Olympics this year.
Gyurkovics and Fonseca also face possible two-year bans from
their international federations.
The IOC announcement extends to 22 the record number of athletes
busted for doping in Athens. The previous record was 12 at the Los
Angeles Olympics. Five medals have been revoked -- two golds, two
bronzes and one silver.
Gyurkovics is the fourth Hungarian kicked out, and the 12th
In another case, Hungarian hammer throw champion Adrian Annus
will travel to Athens to testify before an IOC disciplinary hearing
on Sunday, said Pal Schmitt, head of Hungary's Olympic Committee.
Annus failed to show up for a drug test at a crossing point
along the Hungarian-Austrian border on Friday.
"He was not in the physical condition,'' Schmitt said. "He
wants to come to explain.''
Annus tested negative after he won the gold medal on Aug. 22.
The IOC wants to find out whether he provided his own urine for the
test or whether he tried to beat the screening system, as teammate
and discus gold medalist Robert Fazekas allegedly did.
Fazekas lost his gold medal after Olympic authorities said he
failed to provide enough urine for a drug test, a charge Fazekas
Schmitt said the Fazekas case will go to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
"We think there could be a kind of investigation exactly how
the procedure went on in the sample taking,'' Schmitt said.