British sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year ban for failed drugs test

British sprinter Nigel Levine given four-year ban for failed drugs test

Pa Reporter

British sprinter Nigel Levine has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an anti-doping rule violation, UK Anti-Doping has announced. 

Levine failed an out-of-competition test for clenbuterol on November 24, 2017. 

UKAD said the 29-year-old’s ban will be backdated to December 13, 2017 and run until December 12, 2021. 

Nigel Levine has been banned for fours years after failing a drugs test last year

Nigel Levine has been banned for fours years after failing a drugs test last year

Levine, an indoor and outdoor European 4×400 metre relay champion, failed the test having only just returned to training after being involved in a serious motorbike accident with team-mate James Ellington in January 2017.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: ‘All athletes must adhere to the principle of strict liability, and are solely responsible for any substances found in their system.

‘Mr Levine is an elite athlete, who has competed at the Olympic Games, European and World Championships, and has received significant anti-doping education throughout his career.

‘It is up to role models such as Mr Levine to uphold the highest standards when it comes to anti-doping, ensuring they check all supplements thoroughly and are 100 per cent certain they know that what they are consuming is not prohibited.’

Widely used to treat asthma, clenbuterol has also been abused by athletes and bodybuilders to burn fat and boost aerobic capacity, hence its place on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list.


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