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Gyurkovics could lose silver medal

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The IOC believes it is making headway in putting an end to doping at the Olympics.

ATHENS, Greece -- Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics has failed a drug test and may lose his Olympic silver medal, a national Olympic committee spokesman has announced.

The International Olympic Committee scheduled a disciplinary hearing later Friday for Gyurkovics, who competed in the 105-kilogram (231-pound) class.

The Hungarian Olympic Committee intended to ask the IOC to have his backup sample tested by an independent laboratory, spokesman Dezso Vad said.

Gyurkovics set an Olympic record by lifting 195 kilograms (429 pounds) in the snatch on Tuesday, but was eventually second to Dmitri Berestov of Russia.

Four medalists have already been disqualified at the Games for doping violations.

Annus deadline

Hungary's Olympic hammer throw champion Adrian Annus has been given a deadline to provide a new urine sample, the president of Hungary's Olympic Committee.

Pal Schmitt, head of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, said the deadline for Annus to give the sample initially was set for noon Friday Hungarian time (1000 GMT), but he later said it had been extended for several hours.

Annus, now in Hungary, passed a drug test after winning the hammer throw Sunday, but doping control officials want him to undergo further testing.

The IOC wants to find out whether he provided his own urine for the test or whether he tried to beat the screening system, as teammate and discus gold medalist Robert Fazekas allegedly did.

Fazekas lost his gold medal after Olympic authorities said he failed to provide enough urine for a drug test, a charge Fazekas disputes.

"I presume if he fails to comply with all the rules and regulations of the doping code the medal will be withdrawn," Schmitt said of Annus.

Annus retired on Thursday, but he remains under the jurisdiction of IOC doping rules until the end of the Games. If found guilty of a doping offense by then, he would also lose his medal.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said Friday that Annus will be subjected to out-of-competition testing. "The IOC has asked the national Olympic committee to notify the whereabouts of the athlete in Hungary. We are waiting for these addresses," he said.

Without specifically referring to Annus, he said the IOC can use DNA tests to see if urine samples match.

"This is something we have in our weaponry. We didn't need it at this stage, but we have it and it might be used in the future," he said.

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