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Olympic champion Sadova is banned

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Sadova blamed contaminated food supplements for the positive test.

HAMBURG, Germany -- Olympic discus champion Natalya Sadova of Russia has been banned for two years for a doping offense, the world governing athletics body IAAF has announced.

Sadova, 34, tested positive for the steroid methandienone at a May 28 meet in Hengelo, Netherlands.

The 2004 gold medalist did not dispute the positive test, but blamed contaminated food supplements for the result.

She is banned until July 7, 2008, and will miss the European championships in Gothenburg next month and the 2007 worlds in Osaka, Japan.

It was Sadova's second positive doping test. She was stripped of her 2001 world title after testing positive for caffeine at the Edmonton event.

Nowadays caffeine is not on the list of forbidden substances.

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