February 4, 2016 / 4:27 PM / a year ago

European champion Brezhniva banned for four years for doping

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) has handed two-time European track cycling champion Yelena Brezhniva a four year ban for doping offences, the organization announced on its website www.rusada.ru on Thursday. 

According to the R-Sport news agency, a sample taken from Brezhniva found traces of growth hormones.

The 26-year-old's suspension started on June 22, 2015.

Brezhniva first represented Russia in 2008. In 2013 and 2014 she won the European team sprint title.

Reporting By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy; Editing by Toby Chopra

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