August 18, 2016 / 6:41 PM / in 2 years

Canoe bronze medalist suspended 'after failed drug test'

Aug 16, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Serghei Tarnovschi (MDA) on the podium after the men's canoe single (C1) 1000m final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Lagoa Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Moldovan canoe sprint bronze medalist Serghei Tarnovschi was provisionally suspended from the Rio Olympics on Thursday, after he failed a pre-Games drug test, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) said.

The 19-year-old paddler had been due to contest the C2M 1000m with brother Oleg, but will now no longer be eligible, the ICF said.

It was unclear whether Tarnovschi would be stripped of his medal.

ICF Secretary General Simon Toulson told Reuters the status of Tarnovschi’s medal would be determined by an International Olympic Committee-led hearing.

He did not know when it would take place but said it would be “as soon as possible”.

The test uncovered an “atypical finding”, Toulson said, and occurred prior to any Olympic events.

Toulson has not spoken to Tarnovschi but said the Moldovan National Olympic Committee was “obviously asking a bunch of questions to us”.

“I don’t think they’ve got much experience in this,” he said.

Additional reporting by Karolos Grohmann in Rio de Janeiro Editing by Neville Dalton

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