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U.S. judoka disqualified from Olympics for marijuana

London, England (Sports Network) - United States judoka Nick Delpopolo has been disqualified from the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana.

Delpopolo has already competed in London, finishing seventh in the men's 73- kilogram category. He made it to the quarterfinals before losing.

In a statement provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee, Delpopolo said his positive test was caused by his "inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana" before the games.

"I apologize to U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake," his statement said. "I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will re-dedicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."

The USOC's statement said Delpopolo was disqualified from the Games by the IOC.

"The United States Olympic Committee is absolutely committed to clean competition and stringent anti-doping penalties," said USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky in the statement. "Any positive test, for any banned substance, comes with the appropriate consequences and we absolutely support the disqualification. We look forward to witnessing the continued success of our athletes and commend their dedication to clean sport."

08/06 10:09:25 ET


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