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GB sprinter Levine suspended from all sport for four years

British sprinter Nigel Levine has been suspended from all sport for four years after testing positive for banned asthma drug. Credit: PA

British sprinter Nigel Levine has been suspended from all sport for four years after testing positive for banned asthma drug clenbuterol, UK Anti-Doping has announced.

The 29-year-old tested positive for the prohibited substance following an out-of-competition test on November 24 last year.

It emerged in February that he had been charged with committing an anti-doping violation and provisionally suspended.

In its announcement of the four-year ban on Tuesday, UKAD said Levine's suspension would be backdated to December 13 2017, the date of the provisional suspension, and run until December 12 2021.

Widely used to treat breathing problems, clenbuterol has also been abused by athletes and bodybuilders to burn fat and boost aerobic capacity, hence its place on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.


Bedene set to return to playing for Slovenia

Aljaz Bedene. Credit: PA

British number two Aljaz Bedene will return to representing Slovenia from January 1, he announced on Facebook.

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The 28-year-old, who lives in London, became a British citizen in March 2015 and among home players the world number 49 is only behind Andy Murray in the men's professional rankings.

He has fought an unsuccessful battle to be eligible for Britain in the Davis Cup, and he admits that a desire to compete in that event, plus the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, played a big part in this latest move.

Five-star GB team heading to Track Championships

Jason Kenny was part of the team with Hindes and Skinner who won an Olympic medal. Credit: PA

Five Olympic champions have been named in the Great Britain team for the European Track Championships in Berlin later this month.

Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke, Phil Hindes and Callum Skinner have been named in the 18-rider squad for the event from October 18 to 22.

Eleanor Dickinson, Emily Kay and Manon Lloyd join Olympic team pursuit gold medallists Archibald and Barker in the women's endurance squad.

Kian Emadi, Chris Latham, Andy Tennant, Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood team up with Burke in the men's endurance squad.

Hindes and Skinner, who won team sprint gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics, will compete in the men's sprint group along with Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman.

British Cycling head coach Iain Dyer said: "We've selected a strong squad for the UEC European Track Championships with the aim of starting the season with some good performances.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the level of progression shown in training replicated under major competition conditions across the squad in what marks the beginning of the 2017/18 season for the track team."


Theresa May: Rio stars an 'inspiration to us all'

Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Team GB and ParalympicsGB on "one of the greatest sporting achievements in our history".

Ms May told the stars of Rio 2016 that they were "an inspiration to us all" recounting how both teams finished second in the medals' tables.

The MP for Maidenhead recounted how "time after time the nation came to a halt, as you wrote your names into the history books" and also praised those behind the scenes who helped to make the athletes' successes reality.

Ms May added that it was right a celebration was held in Manchester where "so many of the medals were made", adding "this has been a homecoming for heroes, because that is what you are".

The Prime Minister added that the legacy of the Games would encourage people into sports and see disabilities differently.

Manchester celebrates Rio 2016 successes

Manchester braved the rain on Monday to cheer on Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Team GB and Paralympics GB's athletes were paraded through the streets, ending in the city's Albert Square where they were joined on stage by Rebecca Ferguson who sang Heroes.

The celebration is the first of back-to-back "heroes parades" to toast Great Britain's success in Rio, with the second celebration being held in London on Tuesday.

Both British squads finished second in their respective medal tables at this summer's Games.

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