BRITISH sprinter Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended after being charged with an anti-doping rule violation, UK Athletics has introduced.
It emerged earlier than Christmas that the 28-yr-previous Levine, a gold medallist on the 2014 European Championships within the 4x400m relay, had failed a medicine check whereas recovering from profession-threatening accidents suffered in a motorcycle accident final January.
He had failed to check resulting from taking banned bronchial asthma drug clenbuterol and it might now throw his monitor profession into jeopardy.
A UK Athletics assertion stated: "UK Athletics has today introduced that athlete Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended from collaborating in athletics after being charged with having dedicated an anti-doping rule violation opposite to IAAF anti-doping rule article 2.1 (presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete's pattern).
"The provisional suspension was issued by UK Anti-Doping and is in accordance with IAAF anti-doping guidelines.
"The person now has the chance to answer the cost towards him together with the fitting to a full listening to of the case."
Clenbuterol is on the World Anti-Doping Company's prohibited listing as a result of it’s deemed efficiency-enhancing and may help weight reduction.
It was the substance that led to Spanish bike owner Alberto Contador being stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d’Italia wins.
Levine returned to coaching final yr after a critical motorcycle accident with group-mate James Ellington in January.
He suffered a damaged pelvis whereas Ellington additionally broke his pelvis and fractured his leg in two locations once they have been hit by a automotive.