Belarussian Swimmer Provisionally Suspended for Doping
2003-7-17 2:23:37      Xinhua
Swimming's world governing body the International Amateur Swimming Federation (FINA) has provisionally suspended a female swimmer from Belarus for failing an out-of-competition drug test earlier this year.

On April 30 this year, FINA received a report from the a Barcelona-based Spanish laboratory accredited by the International Olympic Committee.  It reported a positive result for the substance Norandrosterone (Metabolite of Nandrolone) related to female swimmer Aleksandra Herasimenia from Belarus.

The doping control test done on March 26 this year in Minsk, Belarus, was part of the FINA Unannounced Out-of-Competition Testing Program.

A later test on the B sample confirmed the results of the test on A sample.

The FINA Executive Board decided to provisionally suspend the swimmer from June 3, 2003, until a hearing before the FINA Doping Panel is held.

Herasimenia won the bronze medals in the 50 meters freestyle and 50m backstroke events in last year's European championships in July in Berlin.  If she fails in the appeal, she would have to hand out medals and her results in the Europeans would be annulled.

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