(ANSA) - Sochi, February 21 - William Frullani, a member of
the Italian Winter Olympic four-man bobsleigh team, has failed a
drugs test in Sochi, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said
Frullani, a 34-year-old four-time Italian national
decathlon champion, has been ejected from the Olympic team and
replaced by reserve Samuele Romanini, who will take part in
Saturday's competition, CONI said.
He tested positive for the banned substance
dimethylamylamine, a stimulant, on February 18 at the Olympic
The athlete asked for the B-samples to be tested too and
these were also positive.
He reportedly said he took the substance by accident after
buying a diet supplement that contained it on the Internet from
the United States.
Dimethylamylamine is not considered a major performance
enhancer and Frullani, a member of the Carabinieri police force,
may get away with a reprimand.