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Facing ban, van Gelder admits drug use

Updated: July 13, 2009, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder, a former European and world champion in the rings event, has acknowledged using cocaine.

He failed a drug test ahead of the Netherlands championships in Rotterdam last month and faces a two-year ban from the sport.

Van Gelder, 26, says he used the drug "for fun" and not to enhance his performance. At a news conference in Arnhem on Monday, he says "it was incredibly stupid" and apologized.

Van Gelder won gold in the rings in 2005 at ...

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