Galiulina Suspended from Olympics for Furosemide
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Uzbek gymnast Luisa Galiulina tested positive for a banned substance and will not be allowed to compete in Sunday's qualification at the Olympic Games, the IOC announced.

Uzbek gymnast Luisa Galiulina tested positive for a banned substance and will not be allowed to compete in Sunday's qualification at the Olympic Games, the IOC announced.

Galiulina, who turned 20 in June, has been provisionally banned pending the outcome of the "B" sample. In addition to being expelled from the Olympic Games, the gymnast could face a two-year ban from competition.

According to the IOC's Disciplinary Committee, Galiulina submitted a sample to doping control on July 24, where testing detected traces of furosemide. Furosemide is a diuretic popular for shedding water weight, but also can used as a masking agent to flush other banned substances from the body.

The IOC notified the Uzbek delegation on Saturday of the finding. The Disciplinary Committee held an extraordinary hearing on Saturday evening at 10 p.m. to allow Galiulina to be heard. Galiulina said she did not purposely ingest furosemide and was not aware of how it entered her system.

Gymnastics is not a sport plagued with doping scandals, but there have been several positive tests for furosemide through the years. Four years ago, Vietnamese gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong was expelled from the Olympics in Beijing after testing positive for furosemide. Russian rhythmic stars Alina Kabayeva and Irina Chaschina were famously stripped of their medals from the 2001 World Championships after both tested positive for the substance.

One of the youngest gymnasts at the 2008 Olympics, Galiulina was set to compete in her second Olympic Games in London. She had a chance to advance to the final on balance beam, her best event.

Click here to read the document from the International Olympic Committee's Disciplinary Committee on Galiulina's case.

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