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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Myshkovets Banned From Russian Team

Russian weight-lifter Yury Myshkovets, European champion in the under 83 kilogram class, has failed a drug test and been barred from going to the Olympic Games in Atlanta, his team coach said Wednesday.

Coach Armen Nalbandyan said Myshkovets had been sent home from a training camp in Podolsk, just outside Moscow, after testing positive for a banned substance in tests ordered by the weight lifting federation after a series of recent doping scandals.

"After being burned several times before, we do not trust anyone, even ourselves," Nalbandyan said. "We are very tough now and decided to test everyone."

The positive test came as a surprise for the national federation, he said, but Myshkovets had been sent home to his native St. Petersburg. Further action against him will be decided later.

Myshkovets was not immediately available for comment. Nalbandyan did not identify the substance for which he had tested positive.

Another Russian weight-lifter, Alexei Petrov, tested positive for anabolic steroids last November.

But the 1995 triple world champion in the mid-heavyweight (91 kilogram) class won a reprieve which allowed him the chance to go to Atlanta after his jilted fianc?e said she had spiked his protein food.