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11 Aug 2008
IOC News , Beijing 2008 , Press Release

IOC sanctions cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno for failing anti-doping test

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that cyclist Maria Isabel Moreno from Spain has committed an Anti-Doping Rules violation at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing.

Maria Isabel Moreno, 27, tested positive on 31 July for EPO.

After having heard the report of the Disciplinary Commission, the IOC Executive Board this morning decided:

The athlete Ms Maria Isabel Moreno, Spain, Cycling (Road)

- is excluded from the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008;

- shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately cancelled and withdrawn;

- the Athlete‚Äôs file shall be transmitted to the UCI, which is requested to consider any further action within its own competence;

- the NOC of Spain and BOCOG shall ensure full implementation of this decision;

- this decision shall enter into force immediately.

Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 27 July to 24 August. Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests pre and post events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top five athletes plus two at random.

For the duration of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the IOC will carry out 4,500 tests, around 700 to 800 will apply to urine EPO detection and 900 will be blood tests.

 Decision on Ms Maria Isabel Moreno 
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