IOC sanctions 400m runner Anton Galkin for failing anti-doping test

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that 400m runner Anton Galkin from the Russian Federation has been excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 for failing an anti-doping test.

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Anton Galkin, 25, tested positive for Stanozolol, a prohibited anabolic steroid after competing in the men's 400m event, in which he placed fourth in a semi- final on 21 August.

After having heard the report of the Disciplinary Commission, the IOC Executive Board this morning decided that Anton Galkin:

- is disqualified from the men’s 400m event;

- is excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004;

- shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card withdrawn.

- The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

- This decision shall enter into force immediately.

Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 30 July to 29 August. Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests pre and post events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top four athletes plus two at random.

So far, over 2300 tests have been performed out of the 3000 tests that the IOC is expected to conduct throughout the period of the Games.

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