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CAS Hands Down Heavy Sentence to Galiulina
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Uzbek Olympian Luisa Galiulina faces a two-year suspension for last summer's positive test for furosemide, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled the International Gymnastics Federation's original six-month ban.

Uzbek gymnast Luisa Galiulina will be eligible again for competition Aug. 1, 2014.

The FIG announced Tuesday that Galiulina will be suspended for two years, with the ban retroactive to Aug. 1, 2012.

Galiulina tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic, in a random test taken July 24, days before competition began at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She was not allowed to compete and was expelled from the 2012 Olympics by the International Olympic Committee on Aug. 1.

The FIG Disciplinary Committee ruled on Nov. 6 that she was to be suspended for six months, retroactive to Aug. 1.

In December, however, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) demanded the suspension be increased to two full years. WADA appealed to the CAS while the FIG defended the shorter sentence on behalf of the gymnast.

"[The] FIG argued that the gymnast had already suffered adequate punishment by being excluded from the Olympic Games, and that a long suspension would effectively mean the end of her career," the FIG stated Tuesday.

However, CAS ruled in favor of WADA, leaving Galiulina eligible again for competition Aug. 1, 2014.

Furosemide is not a performance-enhancing drug but is often used to shed water weight, and it can be purchased over the counter in many countries. However, it can also be used in an attempt to mask other performance-enhancing drugs.

Several gymnasts have tested positive for furosemide, most notably rhythmic gymnasts Alina Kabayeva and Irina Chaschina (Russia), Simona Peycheva (Bulgaria) and Anna Bessonova (Ukraine).

Vietnam's Đỗ Thị Ngân Thương, who received a Wild Card invitation to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games, tested positive for furosemide and was expelled from the competition, her scores annulled. She received a one-year ban. Artistic gymnast Daiane dos Santos (Brazil) tested positive for furosemide in 2010 and received a five-month suspension.

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Ratchet T said:

Total Garbage
What is this rubbish?!? I certainly don't condone cheating, but two years is far too severe. Sounds like someone had an axe to grind. How can one gymnast receive one year, 5 month, or even less probation and she receives more than double than the toughest punishment for the same thing? Given a short span of a gymnast's career, missing out on the Olympic is an enormous punishment enough. Something this poor girl will never forget. Lets not forget, this is a very young lady. Lets give her a little slack, also, if there is a severe punishment, the timeframe should be standard for everyone then.
May 28, 2013
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