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DelPopolo Expelled from Olympics After Positive Drug Test

The Westfield judo athlete tested positive for marijuana.

Nicholas Delpopolo, U.S. Judoka and Westfield native, who placed seventh in his division at the London Olympics, has been expelled from the Olympic games after testing positive for marijuana.

As a result, the International Olympic Committee has disqualifed Delpopolo's result from the men's 73 kg Judo event (see the full statement attached).  

According to information on the official International Olympics website, Delpopolo's diploma in the event has been withdrawn and his Olympic identity and accreditation card has been cancelled and withdrawn.

Delpopolo, 23, is ranked number one in the U.S. and 12th in the world in the sport. He secured his spot on the after a dramatic fight to the finish against long-time rival Mike Eldred at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. He was among six Americans competing on the U.S. Judo team and was the only one in his 73 kg weight class.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Delpopolo has issued an apology: "My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games. I apologize to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake."

Delpopolo continued, "I look forward to representing my country in the future and will re-dedicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."

Patch will continue to update this story.

ParkMom August 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Whoever made the brownies should be held accountable. This is terrible.
david pickering August 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
WHAT A DISGRACE TO THE ENTIRE USA OLYMPIC TEAM AND THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS. HE SHOULD BE BANNED FOREVER FROM THE USA OLYMPIC TEAM.
Barney Oldfield August 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
No need to shout Mr. Pickering. We get your position. However, I think it a bit harsh to impose a life time ban for marijuana use while allowing only brief suspensions for blood doping and performance enhancing drugs that could actually alter the outcome of competition. A gold medalist in the breaststroke just admitted to actual cheating. No action taken. That is a disgrace.
Shelly August 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I just don't understand how someone gets a chance of a lifetime to compete in the Olympics and he jeopardizes the outcome by taking dope! And don't tell me that he didn't know what he was doing. He probably never thought he would be tested and if he was he thought it would be out of his system by the time he was tested. Just goes to show you....strong enough to compete but not strong enough to pass up the junk! I'm sure his parents are very proud of him.

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