MADRID Steeplechaser Angel Mullera has been dropped from the Spanish Olympic team while an investigation into a possible doping offence takes place, the country's athletics federation (RFEA)said on Friday.
"This decision is independent of the possible opening of disciplinary proceedings and a suspension for failing to comply with our anti-doping regulations which...is being evaluated at the moment," the RFEA said in a statement.
The 28-year-old was called to Madrid to explain himself to the authorities on Thursday after a local newspaper published an email exchange between an address in Mullera's name and an unidentified doctor in which they discussed a possible doping plan last year.
The Spanish steeplechase champion from 2010 will be replaced by Sebastian Martos.
(Reporting by Mark Elkington, editing by Mark Meadows)