Two Moldovan athletes fail drug tests

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Marina Marghieva
Moldova's Marina Marghieva competes during the women's group A hammer throw qualifications at the 2010 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, 2010. Marghieva, due to take part in the women's hammer at the London Olympics has been dropped from the squad after failing a dope test

A Moldovan athlete due to take part in the women's hammer at the London Olympics has been dropped from the squad after failing a dope test, officials said on Friday.

Moldovan Olympics Committee chief Nikolai Zhuravsky told reporters that Marina Marghieva -- and discus thrower Natalia Artyk, who was not on the official list of 21 Moldovan athletes due to compete in London -- had been sidelined.

"Testing of their 'B' samples confirmed the presence of banned drugs in their bodies," Zhuravsky said, adding that an investigation had been launched and both athletes risked a four-year ban.