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Seroczynski banned for Olympic doping

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP)

Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski was banned Friday for two years for doping with the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol at the Beijing Olympics. The International Canoe Federation said the former Olympic bronze medalist violated doping rules and is suspended through Feb. 3, 2011. "We have given him a normal two-year sanction for use of this drug," ICF secretary general Simon Toulson said. "The ICF is fully in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IOC's procedures." The 35-year-old Seroczynski is ineligible to compete at the 2012 London Games under an International Olympic Committee rule which bars any athlete who serves a doping-related ban of more than six months. The IOC disqualified Seroczynski from the Beijing Games last December, but he appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The canoe federation provisionally suspended him in February, and confirmed the ban after CAS dismissed the appeal. Seroczynski finished fourth in Beijing in the flatwater K2 1,000-meter class with Mariusz Kujawski, who was not under suspicion but was also disqualified. Seroczynski denied doping and told an IOC disciplinary hearing that he suspected food tampering by Olympics organizers. He argued that he was contaminated with clenbuterol, an asthma drug which has been used in meat production in China, by eating at the Olympic village and canoe competition site in Beijing. He also questioned testing standards at the city's WADA-accredited laboratory. The IOC rejected Seroczynski's arguments and said his was the only positive test for clenbuterol at the games. Seroczynski won a bronze medal in K4 at the 2000 Sydney Games. He also earned a world championships silver medal and two bronzes in his career.

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