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Former world weightlifting champion banned 2 years for positive test

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Former Romanian weightlifting world
champion Valeriu Calancea has been banned for two years after
testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

The 27-year-old twice failed a doping test for methandienone at
the 2007 worlds in Chang Mai, Thailand, Romanian weightlifting
federation chief Nicu Vlad told the Mediafax news agency.

Calancea denied doping and said he hadn't been informed he was
banned.

"I know I am innocent," he said.

Calancea won two gold medals at the 2003 world
championships in Vancouver, B.C., and had been hoping to compete
at this year's Beijing Olympics.