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Wednesday, 2nd April 2008
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Japanese weightlifter receives ban

A weightlifter in Japan has received a ban after being caught for the use of anabolic steroids.

Following the results of a test - conducted in February during training - which confirmed the presence of steroids, Ryuta Takahashi has received a ban for a period totalling two years.

The ban was issued by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (Jada) after the discovery of the prohibited substance metenolone.

Similar to the hormone testosterone, steroids can come in a number of different varieties, including deca-durabolin and equipoise, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

"He was tested during training in Fukuoka in February," said Shin Asakawa, the chief executive of Jada, in an interview with Reuters.

"The athlete was positive for metenolone, an androgenic substance which is on [World Anti-Doping Agency] Wada's banned list."

Mr Asakawa has also confirmed that instances of drug use have occurred in other sports, including chess and bodybuilding.