Two doping failures at 2010 Asian Games

Two more doping failures at the Guangzhou Asian Games were announced by the Olympic Council of Asia on Monday, involving a silver medallist from Qatar and an athlete from the Palestinian territories.

It brings to four the total number of cheats caught at the multi-sport extravaganza that was held in China last November, the others being an Uzbek wrestler and an Uzbek judoka.

Ahmed Dheeb of Qatar, who won silver in the men’s discus, tested positive for exogenous testosterone metabolites, descibed by the OCA as ‘indicative of a prohibited substance under anabolic agents’.

Palestinian Awajna Abdalnasser took part in the men’s 800 metres and tested positive for norandrosterone, another anabolic agent.

Both were disqualified, with Dheeb stripped of his medal, the OCA said.

‘The OCA would like to emphasise its stance on combating doping in sport and will continue to work hard in collaboration with all member NOCs to consolidate the fundamentals of clean and true sport among our athletes,’ it said.

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