On Monday morning the International Olympic Committee expelled U.S. Judo fighter, Nick Delpopolo, because he tested positive for Marijuana, a banned substance. Delpopolo allegedly stated that he accidently consumed a baked good that contained marijuana.
According to reports, some 10,500 athletes were administered drug tests in July, before the Olympics actually began. Five athletes in total have tested positive for banned substances since mid-July. Delpopolo has been cited as the first athlete to be disqualified subsequent to actually competing in his event. The International Olympic Committee revealed that the other four athletes were disqualified before they competed.
Delpopolo was disqualified from the 73-kilogram class, the class in which he placed 7th. Although Delpopolo lost to Mongolia and South Korea, he advanced against both Hong Kong and Belgium before his expulsion.
After competing in his event [Judo] on July 30, he tested positive for cannabis. The International Olympic Committee divested Delpopolo of his accreditation and requested that the International Judo Federation modify his standings as well.
Since testing positive for a banned substance the 23 year old Westfield, New Jersey resident, who was born Petra Perovic in the former Yugoslavia before being adopted by an American family, explained that it was not his intention to have eaten a baked good that had marijuana in it. He expressed remorse and apologized not only to his teammates but also to his fans and the International Olympic Committee.
Further, Delpopolo offered his intention to immediately recommit himself to returning, as a member, to the United States Olympic team in four years.
Patrick Sandusky, of the United States Olympic Committee offered a statement exclaiming that the United States is and has always been committed to a stringent anti-illegal substance policy.
Original Article: msn.foxsports.com
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