Polish weightlifter risks life ban after suspected steroid use
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Former world champion Marcin Dołęga has been suspended by the Polish Weightlifting Association and risks a life ban after being found with raised levels of the banned steroid norandrosteron.
photo - PZPC
In 2004 Dołęga - who broke the he snatch world record in 2002 and 2006 - was banned for two years after testing positive for steroid abuse and if judged guilty of a second offence he will be given a life ban from competitive weightlifting.
The suspension means that the 32 year-old weightlifter, who competes in the 105 kg weight division, will not now be representing Poland at the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan between 4 and 12 November.
"The Polish Weightlifting Association announces that due to the suspicion of a violation by Marcin Dołęga of PZPC Regulations, he has been suspended pending a full explanation of the situation. Marcin Dolega will consequently not take part in the world championships in Kazakhstan," the association has said in a statement released to the PAP news agency.
The raised level of the steroid was found by the International Weightlifting Federation at the 4th Russian Federation President's Cup in September.
The results of the investigation will be known in around two weeks time, Poland's weightlifting association says. (pg)