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Shot putter Mark Edwards suspended by UK Anti-Doping

Mark Edwards
Edwards just missed out on a place at the Beijing Olympics

Shot putter Mark Edwards has been provisionally suspended from all competitions by UK Anti-Doping after failing a drugs test.

He has been charged with committing violations of the UK Athletics anti-doping rules.

The 36-year-old was ranked number two in Britain last year.

He has the opportunity to respond to the charges against him and to have those charges determined at a full National Anti-Doping Panel hearing.

A statement on the UK Athletics website added: "He is presumed innocent unless and until the charges brought against him have been upheld.

"UK Anti-Doping is the national anti-doping organisation for the UK and has responsibility for the management of results and prosecution of disciplinary proceedings brought under the anti-doping rules of UK Athletics."

Edwards, who won the national indoor shot put title last year, missed out on a place in the Great Britain team for both the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the 2008 Beijing Games.

see also
UK life Olympic ban 'not working'
15 Dec 10 |  Olympics
Appeal panel reduces Wallader ban
04 Nov 10 |  Athletics
British shot putter is suspended
22 Jun 10 |  Athletics
GB shot putters handed suspension
08 Feb 10 |  Athletics

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