Seven athletes, including a finalist from Ukraine and a sprinter from Afghanistan, have been caught doping at last month’s world athletics championships in Moscow with steroids and/or the blood booster EPO, the ruling body IAAF said on Friday.
Roman Avramenko, who placed fifth in the men’s javelin, tested positive for the steroid dehydrochloromethyltestosterone, which under the brand name oral-turinabol was widely used in the state-organised doping program of former East Germany.
Turkmenistan 200m runner Yelena Ryabova was caught for the same substance while metabolites of the steroid nandrolone were found in the urine sample of Afghan 100m runner Massoud Azizi.
Kazakhstan walker Ayman Kozhakhmetova was caught using testosterone and EPO, and EPO also found in the samples of race walkers Jeremias Saloj of Guatemala and Ebrahim Rahimian of Iran.
Ukraine’s 200m runner Elyzaveta tested positive for the steroid drostanolone.
The IAAF said the athletes have already been either sanctioned or suspended by their domestic federations.
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