Less than two weeks since the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony took place, four more athletes have been expelled after turning up positive in their drug tests.
According to a Daily Mail report, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed that Moroccan runner Amine Laalou and Belarusian hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan were provisionally suspended and charged with doping offenses in accordance to the IAAF rules.
Both Tsikhan and Laalou had been due to participate in the Olympics Friday, but none of them had been sighted.
Earlier on Saturday, the International Olympic Committee (OIC) provisionally suspended Colombian 400m runner Diego Palomeque after testing positive for testosterone. Similarly, Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova had been expelled in the Olympics after testosterone was detected in her July 24 drug test.
Performance-enhancing drugs have been popularly associated with professional athletes for decades. Yet, despite the preventive measures that major sports organizations have implemented, a handful of contenders are still being caught using steroids or testosterone to improve their physical strength and aggressiveness in competitions.
Before Tsikhan, Laalou, Palomeque, and Baranova, Albanian weightlifter, Hysen Pulaku, became the first athlete to be booted out from the 2012 London Olympics after testing positive for anabolic steroid.