Bulgaria's European Champ Naimova Banned for Life for Doping - IAAF Confirms
Bulgarian sprinter Tezdzhan Naimova, who is European indoor champion, has been imposed a life-long ban after her second doping offense, IAAF officially confirmed.
International Association of Athletics Federations has upheld the decision to this effect, which Bulgaria’s athletics federation took in the middle of September.
Naimova was temporarily suspended at the beginning of June 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 September 17 the charges, imposing a life ban.
Naimova has been widely regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most promising athletes.
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.
At the beginning of 2009 Tezdzhan Naimova was banned for two years for manipulating a doping sample.
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