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Olympics: First doping shocks hit Sochi Games

Published on Feb 22, 2014 1:25 AM
The Olympic rings and the final score is displayed on the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the end of the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals USA vs Canada at the during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI (AFP) - The first doping cases to hit the 2014 Sochi Games emerged Friday after a double gold-medal winning German female biathlete and an Italian bobsledder tested positive for banned substances.

German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, who has won two gold medals at previous Olympic Games, confirmed she had tasted positive, describing it as the "worst nightmare you can imagine".

Meanwhile, the Italian Olympic Committee said Italian bobsledder William Frullani had tested positive for a banned substance and had already been kicked out of the Sochi Games.

The news that a well known athlete as Ms Sachenbacher-Stehle has failed a doping test has caused shock waves in Germany, which for years has prided itself on its tough anti-doping fight.

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