Two test positive for banned stimulant

August 14, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

HAVANA -- Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) president Mario Vasquez Rana of Mexico announced at a hastily called news conference last night that a Mexican rower, Jose Antonio Gomez, and a Canadian shot putter, Georgette Reed, tested positive for ephedrine, a banned stimulant commonly found in over-the-counter cold medications.

Although Vasquez Rana said that the medical commission believed that the drug use was inadvertent in both cases, he said that Gomez will be stripped of the gold medal he won in double-scull competition. He said that PASO officials will decide today whether the Cuban pair that finished second in that race will be awarded the gold medal, but it has been PASO's policy in the past to allow the order of finish to stand.

Reed did not win a medal here.

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