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British weightlifter banned following anti-doping rule violation

UK Anti-Doping has confirmed that British weightlifter Daniel Maloney has been suspended from all competition for two years after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.

Mr Maloney tested positive for a number of substances banned under category S.1 anabolic androgenic steroids, following an in-competition test at the British Weight Lifting Association (BWLA) Northern Open on 24 November 2012 and was provisionally suspended from all competition on 18 December 2012.

The substances found in Mr Maloney’s sample were epitrenbolone and 17-epitrenbolone, both metabolites of trenbolone, and methandienone and 17-epimethandienone, a metabolite of methandienone.

Having won the 105kg category at this event, the athlete’s results at the Northern Open are disqualified, along with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, points and prizes. The athlete is banned from all competition from 18 December 2012 to 17 December 2014.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “To test positive for multiple anabolic steroids is a serious breach of the anti-doping rules and Mr Maloney has been given the maximum penalty under the circumstances.

“However under the revised Code, we expect to be able to apply tougher sanctions on those intentionally seeking to performance enhance, and in cases like these, helping to eliminate cheats and protect clean athletes.”

The full written decision can be found on the UK Anti-Doping website at http://www.ukad.org.uk/anti-doping-rule-violations/current-violations/

Notes to Editors:

Methandienone and trenbolone: Anabolic steroids, banned at all times. These mimic the effects of the male sex hormones testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.

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