Judoka Delpopolo expelled for doping
LONDON - The Associated Press
Nicholas Delpopolo (in blue) has finished his 73kg class on seventh spot. Reuters photoAmerican judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the London Olympics yesterday after testing positive for cannabis.
Delpopolo is the first of the 10,500 London Games athletes to fail an in-competition doping test.
The International Olympic Committee said it disqualified Delpopolo from the men’s 73-kilogram class, where he placed seventh.
The IOC says Delpopolo tested positive for metabolites of cannabis after competing on July 30.
Delpopolo “shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card canceled and withdrawn immediately,” the IOC said.
The 23-year-old comments on his Games biography that he found training for London to be intense.
“I would also like to try and get a job, wherever,” he is quoted as saying on the official website. “These two things would be a good change of pace from the ’always train’ life I live now.”