Weightlifter gets 2-year doping ban
LONDON -- U.K. Anti-Doping has banned weightlifter George Winston for two years after he admitted using banned steroids and a masking agent.
The ban, which started on Dec. 3, followed an in-competition test on Nov .10. It could have been four years, but because Winston admitted to a doping offense, the maximum under the World Anti-Doping Code is two years.
That maximum was criticized on Monday by U.K. Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson.
Announcing Winston's ban, Parkinson said "the automatic benefit of a prompt admission" of doping was among the issues raised in an ongoing review of the code.
"We do not think that this sends a strong enough message to the sports community and we will continue to press for tougher sanctions for serious dopers in the revised code," Parkinson said.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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