27 Jul 2012

Hungarian discus thrower banned for doping offence

6:10 am on 27 July 2012

The Hungarian discus thrower Zoltan Kovago, a medal contender in London, was banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday for a doping violation and will miss the Olympic Games.

Kovago, 33, became the second Hungarian discus thrower forced out of the London Olympics due to a doping offence after Robert Fazekas, who was stripped of his 2004 win because of doping, failed a drug test.

Kovago, who was promoted to second place at the 2004 Games after Fazekas was disqualified, denies the charge that he refused a doping test.

Kovago had been exonerated by the Doping Committee of the Hungarian National Anti-Doping Organisation, prompting the International Athletics Association to appeal to CAS.