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Urine Swap Leads to 4 Year Ban

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- It’s the oldest trick in the book. If your drug test isn’t going to be clean, use someone else’s urine. Some have gone so far as to use a reservoir and a hidden tube, if the test is watched, but it’s still someone else’s urine and science can catch the con.

We don’t know how the switch was made, but a good old DNA test caught former European weightlifting championship silver medalist Stanislav Chadovich of Belarus. The 62-kilogram lifter was withdrawn from competition without an explanation, just before the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He was considered a medal contender, but is now banned for four years for trying to use a substitute urine sample in his pre-Olympic doping test.

The out-of-competition test took place July 29, 2016, making the suspension backdated. The IWF has already banned the Belarusian weightlifting team from competition for failed doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 retests. This team ban follows the 2016 ban of nearly all Russian team sports from Rio games.

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