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Former NCAA javelin champion banned 4 years for doping

MONACO (AP) — A former NCAA champion in javelin was given a four-year doping ban in a ruling published Tuesday. Ioannis Kyriazis of Greece, who also placed sixth at the 2017 world championships, tested positive for the steroid-like muscle builder Ligandrol, track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit said.

Kyriazis is banned until May 2023. He failed a doping test in an out-of-competition sample taken in April last year at College Station, Texas. The 24-year-old athlete won the 2017 NCAA title representing Texas A&M University, two months before competing at the worlds in London.

At his disciplinary hearing in London, the panel dismissed a claim that Kyriazis was accidentally contaminated by a prohibited substance used by a housemate for bodybuilding.

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