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Three athletes disqualified from Olympic Games after failing drug tests

Brazilian cyclist Kleber Ramos and Chinese swimmer Xinyi Chen are the competitors in question.

Brazilian cyclist Kleber Ramos.
Brazilian cyclist Kleber Ramos.

THREE ATHLETES HAVE been disqualified from the Olympic Games in Rio after testing positive for banned substances, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Brazilian cyclist Kleber Ramos and Chinese swimmer Xinyi Chen have both finished their events but their results no longer stand and they are both facing lengthy bans. Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has also been banned from competing in Rio on the eve of his first bout in Brazil due to failed doping tests at home earlier this year.

The pair accepted provisional sentences and the sanctions for their offences will be decided by their respective governing bodies, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

Ramos competed in the men’s cycling road race, but did not finish, and has tested positive for CERA, the third generation and sophisticated form of EPO that helps stimulate the kidneys, which ultimately increases the creation of red blood cells.

Female swimmer Chen tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic medication which is used to treat high blood pressure and swelling.

Chen, 18, finished fourth in the final of the women’s 100m butterfly on 7 August, missing out on bronze by nine-hundredths of a second. The event was won by Swedish star Sarah Sjostrom.

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav is out of the Olympics after the CAS banned him for four years on Thursday for a doping violation.

Yadav was due to compete in Friday’s men’s freestyle under-74kg division wrestling competition in Rio.

But CAS upheld an appeal by the World Anti-doping Agency against the National Anti-doping Agency of India which had decided to exonerate him of blame despite failing two doping tests earlier this year.

With reporting from AFP

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