August 6, 2008
Swimmer Jaben kicked off Israel’s Olympic team
The only U.S.-born Jew on Israel’s Olympic team has been kicked off after failing two drug tests.
Swimmer Max Jaben, 22, who was slated to compete in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle events in Beijing, tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone in separate tests.
Jaben, a native of suburban Kansas City who made aliyah last summer, denies ever taking the drug.
“I’m extremely upset,” he said after his second test came back positive. “I cannot believe that this happened. There has obviously been a mistake somewhere.”
—Jewish Telegraphic Agency