another Olympian banned for life!
A few days back, we posted about a male Cuban athlete who was banned for life in the Olympics after kicking a referee. And now, here comes news that a female athlete is being banned. According to reports, Olympic heptathlon runner-up Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine has received a lifetime ban after failing a doping test at the Beijing Games. The Ukrainian national athletics federation made the decision on Friday after she tested positive for the steroid methyltestosterone, her second doping violation in five years.
Lyudmila Blonska said her husband Sergei Blonsky, who has been her coach for five years, had forced her to take the drug that resulted in her most recent positive test. Blonsky was also banned for life. She took the Olympic silver medal in heptathlon — the women’s version of the decathlon — after registering a season-best 6,700 points in Beijing. Fellow Ukrainian Nataliia Dobrynska won gold with 6,733 points. But after testing positive, Lyudmila Blonska was stripped of her medal and expelled from the Games.