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Gazette Premium Content German, Italian athletes booted from Sochi Olympics for doping

Associated Press - Updated: February 21, 2014 at 10:43 am

SOCHI, Russia — German Olympic officials say biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping test.

The German Olympic Committee says she tested positive on Monday for the stimulant methylhexanamine. Both the "A'' sample and backup "B'' sample were positive.

The committee says the athlete has been removed from the team and is being sent home.

Sachenbacher-Stehle competed in five events in Sochi but did not win any medals. Her best results were two fourth-place finishes, in the 12.5K mass start and the mixed relay. She also finished 11th in the 7.5k sprint, 27th in the 10K and 20th in the 15K.

Also Friday, the Italian Olympic Committee announced that bobsledder William Frullani was expelled from the games after a positive test for a stimulant.

Italian bobsledder tests positive at Sochi Games

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Bobsledder William Frullani was kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping test, the Italian Olympic committee announced Friday.

CONI said it was informed by the International Olympic Committee that Frullani came up positive for the banned stimulant dimetylpentylamine in a test taken in the Olympic Village on Tuesday. Frullani asked for a backup test that was taken Friday and "confirmed the positive result, resulting in his exclusion from the Italian delegation," CONI said.

Dimethylamphetamine is classified as a "specified stimulant" on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list. Specified stimulants cover drugs that are more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties.

CONI told The Associated Press that it believed Frullani purchased the stimulant on the Internet from the United States, since it is not available in Italy.

Samuele Romanini will replace Frullani as the brakeman for the four-man bobsled race, which begins Saturday.

CONI said Frullani is a former decathlete.

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