Sofia - Bulgarian athlete Silvia Danekova confirmed Friday
that she had failed a doping test at the Olympics in Rio, with Bulgarian
television saying she tested positive for blood booster EPO.
"I am not guilty, I have done nothing wrong. Four tests
were done, three of them were negative. We found out that my fourth test was
positive," said the 33-year-old, who has been provisionally suspended.
"The shock for me is unbelievable," she told
Bulgarian public television channel BNT. "The only explanation can be food
additives that I have been taking."
Bulgarian television reported that a B sample for Danekova,
who came 14th in the steeplechase in the World Championships in Moscow in 2013,
was also positive for EPO.
The news came ahead of the start of the athletics in Rio,
with three gold medals up for grabs at the Olympic stadium including in the
women's 10,000m race.
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After a year of drug scandals involving Russia, Kenya and
other nations, track and field is looking for its stars to restore trust in the
All but one of Russia's track and field athletes were banned
from Rio after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report last year alleged a
"state-sponsored" doping conspiracy across Russian sport.
Kenya on Thursday withdrew a second athletics coach from the
Rio Olympics in five days over a doping cheat bid.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had
launched disciplinary proceedings against the coach who media reports said had
impersonated an athlete for a doping test.
The official has been named in media reports as sprint coach
Ex-communist Bulgaria -- which has produced 36 Olympic
weightlifting medallists -- had all its lifters excluded from Rio in August
after 11 athletes tested positive for the banned drug stanozolol in March.For
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