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3 Paralympic powerlifters banned for doping

The International Paralympic Committee has handed out two-year doping bans to three powerlifters at the London Games.

other Updated: Sep 09, 2012 01:12 IST

Two Russians, Nikolay Marfin and Vadim Rakitin, tested positive for human growth hormone a week before the start of the Paralympics on August 29.

Rakitin competed in the men's under-90kg class on Tuesday, but Marfin was stopped from taking part in the 100-plus kg class on Thursday.

IPC anti-doping committee chairperson Toni Pascual says the case is a "world first" as some of the latest testing methods were used which can detect the misuse of HgH over a span of weeks.

Georgia powerlifter Shota Omarashvili tested positive for steroids, and competed on Thursday in the under-60kg event but failed to complete a lift.

First Published: Sep 09, 2012 01:11 IST