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Azerbaijani runner disqualified at European Games for doping

Azerbaijani athlete Beji disqualified at European Games for doping

Azerbaijani runner disqualified at European Games for doping

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- European Games host Azerbaijan saw one of its athletes disqualified for doping Saturday after testing positive for a banned substance.

Chaltu Beji tested positive for osterine, a substance with similar effects to anabolic steroids, after winning the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase on June 21.

The Ethiopian-born 18-year-old has been suspended from the games and disqualified from the race, the European Olympic Committees said in a statement.

The result does not affect the standings for the team athletics competition, which was won by Slovakia, with Azerbaijan coming fifth. Beji was not a medal winner at the games, since athletics only counted for a single gold medal as a team event.

The disqualification, which comes on the penultimate day of the games, means Beji will lose her games record in the steeplechase. That would now pass to second-place finisher Olesea Smovjenco of Moldova.

Beji now faces "further anti-doping procedures" under the auspices of other international organizations, the EOC said in a statement. It did not immediately say whether Beji would also be disqualified from the 1,500 meters, in which she finished seventh.

It is the second doping case at the inaugural European Games after Albanian boxer Rexhildo Zeneli tested positive on June 13 for furosemide, a banned diuretic that can be used to mask the presence of other doping substances.

Zeneli, 19, had been due to compete in the men's lightweight boxing category but was suspended before the competition began.

Updated : 2021-09-29 07:52 GMT+08:00