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U.S. athlete expelled from Olympics for testing positive for pot

By Associated Press


LONDON >> American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympic Games today after testing positive for marijuana he said he ate accidentally before arriving in London.

Delpopolo is the first of the 10,500 games athletes to fail an in-competition doping test.

His case is the fifth positive test for a banned substance reported by the IOC since its official London Games testing period began in mid-July. The other four athletes were caught before competing.

The International Olympic Committee said it disqualified Delpopolo from the men's 73-kilogram class, where he placed seventh.

Delpopolo, 23, tested positive for metabolites of cannabis after competing on July 30.

He apologized to the United States team in a statement acknowledging he was "embarrassed by this mistake."

"My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games," Delpopolo said in a statement released by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will rededicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be," he said.

Delpopolo "shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card canceled and withdrawn immediately," the IOC said.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said the team was "absolutely committed to clean competition" and supported Delpopolo's disqualification.

"Any positive test, for any banned substance, comes with the appropriate consequences," Sandusky said.

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loquaciousone wrote:
My dog ate my homework.....honest.......
on August 6,2012 | 06:55AM
bobbob wrote:
getting busted for a non-performance enhancing drug is about as dumb as you can get.
on August 6,2012 | 08:24AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Why in hell is it a violation for an Olympic athlete to have pot in his system? There's no way even the dumbest among us could see this as a performance-enhancing move. The IOC is generally clueless but this foolishness might be among their silliest moves. It'd be nice if the IOC had the guts to finally offer a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes who were murdered by those pigs in Munich in '72or to deal with the 16-year old Chinese swimmer's inexplicable sudden burst of speed. As ever with the IOC, no guts are anywhere on display. When in doubt, punish the American who did no wrong.
on August 6,2012 | 08:35AM
sailfish1 wrote:
It is an ILLEGAL substance, that's why. Do you know what ILLEGAL means?
on August 6,2012 | 09:45AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Thanks for your brilliant, nuanced and deeply insightful post. Thanks, too, for capitalizing illegal, presumably intended to add emphasis. Before reading your tome, I was unaware that the IOC was part of law enforcement. Then again, I was also unaware that the USOC had a spokesman named Sandusky.
on August 6,2012 | 10:28AM
sailfish1 wrote:
You're welcome. Did you look up "ILLEGAL" and educate yourself?
on August 6,2012 | 10:14PM
localtodamax808 wrote:
Wow!! As an athlete that's well aware of the testing requirements, you would think he'd think twice about what he eats. Imagine all the wasted monies (US Olympic training, sponsorships, etc...) spend on this guy...downt the drain...LOSE Money!!
on August 6,2012 | 09:43AM
sailfish1 wrote:
He did more than embarrass himself and the U.S. team. He actually took a spot on the Olympic team that could have gone to a smarter athlete who worked hard to try to make the team.
on August 6,2012 | 10:17PM
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