THE first official doping ban during the London Olympics was handed down Saturday as the International Olympic Committee threw out Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku from the Games.
The IOC said Pulaku tested positive for a banned steroid, stanozolol, on July 23, and that a backup "B" sample confirmed the result.
The announcement came a day after Albania dropped the 19-year-old from its weightlifting team over doping suspicions. He was supposed to have competed in the 77-kilogram category.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Pulaku was tested in London, and has had his accreditation taken away and been kicked out of the athletes village.
"It's always a sad day when a cheating athlete is caught. We hope there will be no more but the message is very clear: if you're doping we're going to catch you. There will be 5,000 tests during these games. All the medalists will be tested."
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