Liliana Popescu is one of the fastest 1500m runners in the world this year, clocking 4:00.35 at at a grand prix meet in Bucharest a few days before the indoor world championships. Unfortunately, she is probably not going to be able to display her talents on the world stage.
Romania does not want to break any anti-doping rules, so they are actively banning any athlete from competing who may test positive. Liliana has reportedly tested positive to an undisclosed substance with her “A” sample, although there is not yet any results available for her “B” sample so she hasn’t actually been caught cheating yet.
I hope that her second sample comes back clean and that it was all a mistake, but if she is dirty then Romania is setting a good example. Romanian Athletes who test positive at the Olympic Games will be subjected to an estimated $156,000 fine (100,000 euros.)