Leviakov banned for using steroids

Updated: April 8, 2010, 7:18 AM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Russian swimmer Nikita Leviakov has been banned for two years for doping with two anabolic steroids.

FINA said the Russian federation banned the 17-year-old Leviakov after she tested positive for stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone at the national junior championships in Perm last December.

Leviakov cannot compete again until Dec. 25, 2011. She is also ineligible for the 2012 London Olympics under an IOC rule which bars athletes who serve a doping ban of more than six months.

FINA also announced that Chinese swimmer Wei Kun has served a six-month ban after testing positive for the asthma medication formoterol in an out-of-competition sample.


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