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British Olympian Levine banned for failing drugs test

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-11-21 15:55
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Britain's Nigel Levine competes at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug 19, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

LONDON -- Former European champion Nigel Levine of Britain has been banned from competition for failing a drugs test, the UK Anti-Doping announced on Tuesday.

Levine, who won a European outdoor relay gold in 2014 and an indoor relay gold in 2013, has been banned from all sport for four years.

It was revealed that the 29-year-old, who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 4x400m relay event, tested positive for banned asthma drug clenbuterol following an out-of-competition test on Nov 24, 2017.

Clenbuterol is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list because it is deemed a performance-enhancing drug and can induce weight loss.

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