Sprinter Jorge Celio Seno (photo) and four other athletes have been dropped from Brazil's squad for the athletics world championships in Berlin after testing positive for the perfomance-enhancing drug EPO.
AFP - Five Brazilian athletes preparing for this month's world athletics championships in Berlin have been dropped from their country's squad after testing positive for EPO.
The quintet were caught out by an out-of-competition control conducted on June 15 in Sao Paulo, the Brazil athletics federation announced on Wednesday.
The five were named as two men - Bruno Tenorio (4x100m) and Jorge Celio Sena (200m), and three women - Lucimara Silvestre (heptathlon), Josiane Tito (4x400m) and Luciana Franca (400m hurdles).
A statement from the Brazilian federation confirmed: "Five athletes have tested positive to banned substances in an unscheduled control on June 15 at Presidente Pridente, Sao Paulo, according to results from the IAAF-accreditated Montreal laboratory."
The federation's anti-doping agency said the substance concerned was the banned blood-booster EPO.
This brings to six the number of Brazilian athletes to fail drug tests in the run-up to the August 15-23 world championships after last week's positive test involving 400m runner Lucimar Teodoro.
The high number of cases involving Brazil's 44-strong squad for Berlin is worrying the country's officials.
"This numbero of positive cases is really high, a record. I've never known a similar situation like it in Brazil," said Rafael Trinidade, the Brazil Olympic Committee's medical coordinator.
He added that it was "curious" the five atheletes concerned all trained in the same place, at Presidente Prudente.
The suspected five, who have requested their 'B' samples to be analysed, have returned to Brazil.
Date created : 2009-08-05