Italy beach volley player banned from Rio

Italy's volleyball player Viktoria Orsi Toth trains at the Beach Volleyball Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 29, 2016 (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Rome (AFP) - Italian beach volleyball player Viktoria Orsi Toth has been excluded from the Rio Olympics after failing a doping test, the Italian federation said.

Orsi Toth underwent was given a spot check on July 19 and tested positive for clostebol metabolite, an anabolic steroid.

A second analysis confirmed the result, Italy's Volleyball Federation said Wednesday.

The last picture published on Orsi Toth's Instagram account shows her with teammate Marta Menegatti, all smiles as they left for Rio a week ago. She posted the hashtag "Iamdrugfree" wih the photos.

It was the third unannounced test she had been given in less than a month.

The federation at first hoped to replace her with US-born Becky Perry, according to Italian media, but because of Olympic Games entry criteria problems, they chose Laura Giombini, just two days before the first match.