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More doping issues crop up at Olympics

July 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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LONDON, July 26 (UPI) -- A medal-winning discus thrower from Hungary and a Greek high jumper are the latest athletes to be ensnared in doping issues at the London Olympics.

Zoltan Kovago, who won a silver medal in the discus throw in 2004, had a doping violation appeal tossed out by the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and will be barred from the 2012 Games.

Kovago was originally acquitted by Hungarian anti-doping officials but the international track federation appealed. Thursday the CAS upheld a two-year ban against Kovago.

Also Thursday, the father of Greek high jumper Dimitrios Chondrokoukis said his son had a positive result on a doping test. Chondrokoukis is reportedly seeking a retest.

Chondrokoukis is the reigning world indoor high jump champion.

Nine other track and field athletes on Wednesday were found to have violated anti-doping measures. They are from Bulgaria, Greece, Morocco, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Greece on Wednesday said triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was removed from the country's Olympic team because of a racist comment on her Twitter account. Papachristou apologized for what she termed an "unfortunate and tasteless joke."

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