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Nine track athletes banned for doping

LONDON — Bans for nine track and field athletes were announced in the immediate lead-up to the Olympics on Wednesday as anti-doping officials promised the London Games would be the “most tested” ever and two new procedures would be used.

The IAAF, the governing body for athletics, said that six of the nine athletes had been caught through the athlete biological passport scheme, which will be used at the Olympics for the first time this year.

The other three positive doping results were retested samples from last year’s world championships at Daegu, South Korea.

The athletes were guilty of “sophisticated doping,” the IAAF said, and received bans ranging from two to four years.

WADA also said a new test for the abuse of human growth hormone would be used at the games.

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