IOC formally disqualifies 2 Sochi athletes

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 11:22 am •  Published: April 9, 2014
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BELEK, Turkey (AP) — The IOC has formally disqualified an Austrian cross-country skier and Polish bobsledder who failed doping tests during the Sochi Olympics six weeks ago.

Both cases had been already announced by the Austrian and Polish Olympic committees.

The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Austria's Johannes Duerr was sanctioned after testing positive for EPO. He was stripped of his eighth-place finish in the men's skiathlon.

Duerr was tested in Austria, where he had returned for training after competing on Feb. 9. He was sent home hours before he was due to compete in the 50-kilometer mass start race

Poland's Daniel Zalewski tested positive on Feb. 22 for a banned substance. The IOC says he and his teammates were disqualified from their 27th-place finish in the four-man bob.

A total of seven positive cases have been reported from Sochi.