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Greek athlete first to fail dope test in Rio 2016

A member of the Greek team has been expelled from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after testing positive for drugs, the country’s Olympic Committee said on Friday.

olympics Updated: Aug 06, 2016 02:13 IST
A member of the Greek team has been expelled from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after testing positive for drugs.
A member of the Greek team has been expelled from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after testing positive for drugs.(AFP Photo)

A member of the Greek team has been expelled from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after testing positive for drugs, the country’s Olympic Committee said on Friday.

The unidentified competitor’s A sample tested positive for banned substances in a pre-Games test conducted in July in Athens and the athlete has left the Olympic village.

This is the second positive test of a competitor with teams having arrived in Rio after an Irish boxer was provisionally suspended on Thursday for failing a dope test.

“The leadership of the Olympic team in Rio announces the positive first sample of a member of the team during drugs testing conducted in early July in Athens,” the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) said.

“The Hellenic Olympic Committee has requested the testing of every Greek athlete taking part in the Games. The specific team member has now left the Olympic village.”

The HOC has sent a team of 97 to the Brazilian city for the first Games to be held in South America.

An HOC official told Reuters the test had been conducted on July 5 and the athlete was on the way back to Greece.

He said neither the name of the athlete nor the sport would be made public until the B-sample had been tested or the athlete waived the right for the second test.

The Games officially start later on Friday with the Greek team set to enter the stadium first during the opening ceremony.