Three Swimmers Banned by FINA for Drug Violations

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 20. TWO international swimmers have been banned for four years after testing positive for drugs, while another was given a two-year ban for refusing a test, FINA reported today.

Syrian swimmer Mahmoud Jadaan tested positive for the anabolic steroid metenolone and will serve a four-year ban from February 2002.

Iranian water polo player Reza Ojagh tested positive for nandrolone, also a steroid, and is suspended for four years from April 2002.

Dutch swimmer Linda van Herk was given a two-year ban, from December 2002, for refusing to take a test.

All three have one month to appeal against the judgments at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).