The IAAF has temporarily suspended six Russian athletes after discovering DNA convergence in their samples given for dope testing last year, the head of Russian athletics federation Valentin Balakhnichev said. “We received a letter from IAAF, which said that Yelena Soboleva, Daria Pishchalnikova, Gulfia Khanafeyeva, Tatiana Tomashova, Yulia Fomenko and Svetlana Cherkasova were temporarily suspended,” Balakhnichev said. The IAAF later confirmed a provisional suspension for 1,500m and 5,000m runner Olga Yegorova.
Sharapova in doubt, Baghdatis out
Montreal: Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Rogers Open after her second-round victory because of a shoulder injury, jeopardizing her participation in the Beijing Olympics. Third-seeded Sharapova of Russia defeated Marta Domachowska of Poland 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in a match that took nearly three hours. She will have an MRI scan on Thursday. Meanwhile, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open finalist, was ruled out of the Olympics because of a right wrist injury.
Antoci, Vasiloiu test positive for EPO
Romania: Middle-distance runners Elena Antoci and Cristina Vasiloiu tested positive for the blood booster EPO and could be dropped from the Romanian Olympic team.
Dissension appears in IOC senior ranks
Beijing: Dissension has erupted in the the International Olympic Committee, with the head of its press commission suggesting that IOC president Jacques Rogge acquiesced to Chinese plans to censor internet access during the Games. Kevan Gosper, the press commission head, said he was startled to find that websites for Amnesty International or others dealing with Tibet or Tiananmen Square would be blocked in the media centres.