Lausanne (SUI), FIG Office, May 28, 2013:
In the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), relating to the sanctions imposed on Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled in support of WADA. As a result, the athlete has been suspended for a period of two years, with the ban effective from August 1, 2012.
The gymnast was tested positive during an anti-doping control carried out during a training session ahead of the Olympic Games on July 25, 2012. The B sample analysis confirmed the presence of the banned substance furosemide. …
via email from FIG
Doping cases in gymnastics are extraordinarily rare, but the ones that do occur usually involve furosemide, which is used to treat hypertension, edema and keep racehorses from bleeding through the nose during races (seriously.) Thailand’s Do Thi Ngan Thuong was banned from the 2008 Olympics after testing positive for furosemide (she said she had taken it as a weight-loss supplement) and Brazil’s Daiane dos Santos tested positive in 2009. Both continued competing internationally following their suspensions.