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Chambers receives two year drug ban

25/02/2004 05:30:32 AM Comments (0)

European 100 metres champion Dwain Chambers was facing the end of his track career after the Briton was found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs and banned for two years.

The ruling, which also includes a life ban from the Olympic Games, follows his appearance at an independent UK Athletics hearing last Thursday.

The 25-year-old twice tested positive for the drug tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), the anabolic steroid banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last August.

Chambers, who has not been allowed to compete since November 7, has 60 days in which to lodge an appeal.

A UK Athletics statement, announcing the decision that will surely spell the end of Chamber's career in athletics, declared: "Dwain Chambers has been found guilty of doping from a positive test for THG.

"He is suspended for two years."

Chambers, who failed the out-of-competition test on August 1 last year, had argued he unknowingly took THG as a dietary supplement supplied by Victor Conte's San Francisco laboratory.

UK Athletics' chief executive David Moorcroft, praised British testing procedures.

"UK Athletics are proud of the fact that we conduct a full program of in- and out-of-competition testing alongside targeted testing to ensure we do all we can to protect those athletes who compete fairly.

"We are mindful of the fact that this may lead to adverse findings and that publicity resulting from a positive finding can hurt the sport.

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