Swimmers banned

May 21, 2003

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LONDON, May 20: Two international swimmers have been banned for four years after testing positive for drugs, while another was given a two-year ban for refusing a test, the sport’s governing body FINA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Syrian swimmer Mahmoud Jadaan tested positive for the anabolic steroid metenolone and will serve a four-year ban from February 2002. Iranian water polo player Reza Ojagh tested positive for nandrolone, also a steroid, and is suspended for four years from April 2002.

Dutch swimmer Linda van Herk was given a two-year ban, from December 2002, for refusing to take a test.—Reuters