Bulgaria volleyball captain out after doping test

Aug. 12, 2008, 2:31 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) The captain of Bulgaria's volleyball team at the Beijing Olympics has been temporarily removed after a doping test.

Plamen Konstantinov's test showed "substances that were in the upper range of the permissible levels," Bulgarian Volleyball Federation chief Dancho Lazarov told private Darik radio on Tuesday.

Lazarov did not name the substance.

"Plamen himself wanted to get retested and that is why he left for Bulgaria. If the new results are negative, he may return to Beijing," Lazarov said.

When asked if Konstantinev maintained he was clean, the volleyball's team doctor, Zahariev Dinko, said: "That's what his statement is."

Bulgaria coach Martin Stoev said he and his players would not comment on the case.

The chairman of Bulgaria's anti-doping commission said Konstantinov had not failed any doping test.

"His blood showed high levels of testosterone and, although they were below the maximum admissible levels, the volleyball federation decided to take an extra precaution and remove him from the match," Kamen Plochev told National TV. "In their panic, the federation made a hasty decision."

Bulgaria defeated Japan 3-1 (29-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19) in Tuesday's preliminary pool match.