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Moroccan Suspended From Olympic Games for Positive Drug Test

Moroccan 1500-meter runner Alaoui Selsouli will be suspended from the Olympics after testing positive for a banned diuretic, the International Association of Athletics Federations said today.

Selsouli waived her right to have her back-up sample tested, the IAAF said in an e-mailed statement, meaning she’ll be suspended for all competitions. She can request a hearing by the national athletic federation within the next 3 months, the IAAF said.

A sample taken after a meeting in Paris earlier this month tested positive for furosemide, which is a banned substance, the IAAF said. The 28-year-old from Marrakech was suspended for two years in 2009 after failing a drug test, according to the Olympic News Service.

Fewer athletes are expected to cheat at the London games than ever before because of improvements in testing programs, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Lausanne, Switzerland-based group is introducing a new human growth hormone test to catch dopers.

“It’s a very significant step and it’s a very helpful one,” WADA Director General David Howman said today at a press conference. “We’ve just got to make sure it works on those who are using HGH and getting away with it and have been for ages.”

More than 6,000 tests will be administered during the 2012 Olympics, Howman said. Four years ago in Beijing, there were 4,770 samples taken, with 14 athletes and 6 horses found in violation of the rules, the International Olympic Committee said.

The new test can now detect the use of human growth hormone over a period of weeks compared with hours, Howman told reporters. The London games officially begin in two days.

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