Iraqi bodybuilder expelled
Iraqi bodybuilder Saad Faeaz is sanctioned for bringing banned substances into Qatar.
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2006 11:28 GMT

 The sport of bodybuilding has battled against a reputation of drug abuse (Picture: GALLO/GETTY)

Iraqi bodybuilder Saad Faeaz has been expelled from the Asian Games for attempting to bring banned performance enhancing drugs into Qatar according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
The athlete was caught with 134 ampules of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid which helps build muscle bulk, at Doha international airport on December 4, OCA director general Husain al-Musallem announced.

Despite this, Faeaz competed in the 75kg category four days later and finished seventh in the pre-judging section.
The OCA said they had not been informed by Qatari authorities of the name of the athlete involved by December 8 which meant he was able to compete.
"His result is cancelled and he is disqualified," said Musallem, adding that it was the first time in Asian Games history that an athlete had been thrown out for doping offences without a laboratory test.
Qatari authorities said nandrolone was not a banned drug in Qatar, only a banned drug on the OCA list, and as such Faeaz would not face criminal charges.

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