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Thursday, 18 July, 2002, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Wilkins banned for two years
Perriss Wilkins in action
Wilkins tested positive in May this year
British discus record holder Perriss Wilkins has been banned for two years following a positive drugs test for anabolic steroids.

Wilkins, 34, was suspended on 11 June pending an investigation by UK Athletics, who issued the following statement on Thursday.

"The independent disciplinary committee has decided that Perriss Wilkins committed a doping offence as a result of a positive sample provided on 21 May 2002.

"Perriss Wilkins is therefore now ineligible to take part in athletics events for two years.

"This period of ineligibility runs from 11 June 2002, the date the athlete was suspended."

Pole-vaulter Janine Whitlock is also facing a ban which would rule her out of the Commonwealth Games, after testing positive for the steroid methandienone on 16 June.

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