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Spanish hurdler Josephine Onyia banned for doping

By Steve Campbell/Agencies, World-Track

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Spanish sprint hurdler Josephine Onyia on Wednesday received a two year ban after failing two post-race doping tests within 11 days.

The decision was made after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled decisions by the Spanish Athletics Federation.

The CAS Onyia tested positive for the substance methylhexaneamine at a meeting in Lausanne in September 2008 and for the anabolic agent clenbuterol at the world athletics final in Stuttgart the same month.

“Josephine Onyia is declared ineligible for a period of two years, commencing on September 22, 2009,” the court said in a statement.

“In both cases, the (Spanish federation) exonerated the athlete of any doping violation and the IAAF requested the CAS to impose a two-year suspension.”

Onyia was born in Nigeria, but obtained Spanish citizenship in 2007.

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