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Disgraced Belarus Olympic Champion Banned For Year Over Doping

Nadzeya Astapchuk celebrates after winning the women's shot-put final at the London Olympic Games.
Belarusian antidoping agency head Alyaksandr Vankhadla has said that Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Astapchuk, who was stripped of her Olympic gold medal last month over doping, has been handed a one-year ban.

Astapchuk's coach, Alyaksandr Yefimau, was banned for four years.

Vankhadla told journalists in Minsk on September 11 that Yefimau had admitted putting the banned drug metenolone into Astapchuk's food without telling her because he was worried by her unimpressive performances in the lead-up to the London Olympic Games.

Astapchuk became the first medalist disqualified from the London Games for doping and was stripped of her women's Olympic shot-put title.

Astapchuk, who was absent at the press conference, declined to comment to RFE/RL by phone, saying she was driving at the moment.

With reporting by AFP
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