Saturday, September 8, 2012
3 Paralympic power lifters banned
LONDON -- Three power lifters have drawn two-year doping bans at the London Paralympics.
Russians Nikolay Marfin and Vadim Rakitin tested positive for human growth hormone a week before the start of the Paralympics on Aug. 29.
Rakitin competed in the men's under-90kg class Tuesday. Marfin was stopped from taking part in the 100-plus kg class Thursday. Shota Omarashvili of Georgia tested positive for steroids and competed Thursday in the under-60kg event but failed to complete a lift.
The International Paralympic Committee says some of the latest testing methods were used, ones that can detect use of HGH over weeks.