SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Two more Bulgarian weightlifters have tested positive for banned drugs and will be thrown out of the Sydney Olympics, the head of the International Weightlifting Federation said.
"Two of the Bulgarian weightlifters used diuretics to lose bodyweight," IWF secretary general Tamas Ajan told The Associated Press. "This is a forbidden substance. The IOC will disqualify them from the competition."
The International Olympic Committee medical commission, which reviews positive drug cases, was meeting early Friday. Among the Bulgarian officials called to the meeting was Ivan Slavkov, that country's IOC delegate.
The IOC executive board was expected to announce its official ruling later Friday.
On Wednesday, Bulgarian lifter Ivan Ivanov was stripped of his silver medal in the 123-pound (56-kilogram) class after testing positive for furosemide, a weight-loss diuretic. Ivanov, a former Olympic and world champion, was the first athlete to fail an in-competition test during the games.
Two other Bulgarians have won weightlifting medals in Sydney. Izabela Dragneva won the gold medal in the women's 106-pound (48 kg) event, in which American Tara Nott of Stilwell, Kan., won the silver, and Sevdalin Minchev Angelov took the bronze medal in the men's 137-pound (62 kg) class in which Gennady Oleshchuk of Belarus finished fourth.
Dragneva's event was the first Olympic medal ever awarded in women's weightlifting.
Two Romanian weightlifters, Traian Ciharean and Adrian Mateas, were suspended and expelled from the Olympic Village after failing out-of-competition tests.
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