Ukraine's Ryemyen New Champ after Bulgaria's Naimova Doping Scandal
Ukraine's Mariya Ryemyen has become the new 60m European indoor champion after Bulgarian gold medalist Tezdzhan Naimova was banned for life for doping and reports say appeal is unlikely.
Bulgaria's Tezdzhan Naimova won the women's 60 race at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 7.10 seconds, nosing out Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine.
France's Myriam Soumare was third, while Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova ranked fourth.
After Naimova was stripped of her title, Bulgaria’s top sprinter Ivet Lalova will be awarded the bronze medal.
Naimova was imposed a life-long ban after her second doping offense was confirmed by the country’s athletics federation on September 17.
At the beginning of June the country’s athletics federation announced that Naimova has been temporarily suspended after testing positive for taking anabolic steroid Drostanolone at the European indoor championship in Gothenburg in March.
After reviewing the case, the Bulgarian athletics federation confirmed on Tuesday the charges, imposing a life ban.
Naimova can appeal to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, but does not want to, according to unconfirmed media reports.
Naimova has been widely regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most promising athletes.
At the beginning of 2009 Tezdzhan Naimova was banned for two years for manipulating a doping sample.
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