ukraine-steroidsOn the heels of Lyudmila Blonska’s steroid scandal at the Beijing Olympics is another steroid-related case with another Ukrainian athlete. This time around it’s weightlifter Igor Razoronov who has been kicked out of the Beijing Olympics because he tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

Razonov became the number 6 athlete to be ejected from the Games due to doping. Many doubt the integrity of the current Summer Games because so far only six athletes have been caught with doping infringements. If you’re to compare it to the last Olympics in Athens four years ago, that’s a paltry figure. Twenty-four athletes were thrown out for doping violations during the Athens Games, wherein three athletes were stripped of their gold medals. The Athens doping statistics is the highest ever in the history of the Olympics.

Currently, the International Olympic Committee has initiated 4,600 doping tests in Beijing and the number is expected to reach more than 5,000 up to the Games’ closing ceremony on Sunday.

The 38-year-old Razonov tested positive for the banned compound after competing in the 105kg-division Monday. He finished sixth in said event. According to the IOC, the weightlifter’s sample was more then a four times over the permitted threshold for the nandrolone. Razoronov did not ask testing for his B sample.

Ukrainian team officials, meanwhile, ‘apologized’ saying the positive result may be due to medication Razonorov was taking. They said Razonorov recently underwent elbow and knee surgery due to injuries.  This claim, however, was disproved by IOC medical director Patrich Schamasch. Schamasch said it was unlikely that such medical treatment would result to the presence of nandrolone in the sample. Further, Razonorov did not make any request for an exemption for use of medications.

The IOC has instructed the International Weightlifting Committee to make adjustments to the competition results and to further deliberate the case for any additional sanctions. Razoronov could face a two-year ban from his sport.

Razoronov’s compatriot heptathlete Blonska has tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone. Blonska was stripped of her silver medal she won on Saturday.