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Russian weightlifter Poghosyan banned 10 years

December 31, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Former European champion weightlifter Gevorik Poghosyan has been handed a 10-year ban for doping.

The sanction is likely to effectively end the career of the 30-year-old Poghosyan, who had previously been banned for two years in 2011 after testing positive for the banned steroid oxandrolone.

The latest ban comes after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency reported that Poghosyan tested positive for an unspecified “banned substance” while trying to resurrect his career at August’s Russian national championships.

Poghosyan won gold for his native Armenia in the 85-kilogram category at the 2010 European championships in Minsk before switching allegiance to Russia.

He came third in the same category at the 2011 European championships, but was stripped of the medal as part of his first doping ban.

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