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Monday, 12 March, 2001, 22:49 GMT
Ukrainian shot putter gets life ban
Aleksandr Bagach
Bagach: won the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics
Ukrainian shot putter Aleksandr Bagach has been banned from athletics for life for failing three drug tests.

A member of the council of the sport's governing body, the IAAF, said that Ukrainian Federation had decided not to take Bagach's case to the IAAF arbitration committee.

"They have told us they will not be taking the matter any further," he said.

The 34-year-old was the 1999 world indoor champion and also won the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics.

He has also twice been a medallist at the world outdoor championships.

He first tested positive for testosterone in 1989 and received a two-year ban.

In 1997, he was stripped of his world outdoor title after testing positive for ephedrine and also failed a third test last year.

His federation cleared him but the IAAF's anti-doping commission rejected the verdict and he was banned from competing at the Sydney Olympics.

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