British sprinter Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics, UK Athletics [UKA] has announced.

The national governing body said the 28-year-old had been charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation.

The news follows reports in December that the 2014 European 4x400m champion and three-time world indoor relay medallist had allegedly tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Clenbuterol is used mainly to treat asthma and other breathing disorders but is also deemed to have performance-enhancing qualities.

“UK Athletics has today announced that athlete Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended from participating in athletics after being charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 (Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample),” read a UKA statement.

Nigel Levine
Nigel Levine
“The provisional suspension was issued by UK Anti-Doping and is in accordance with IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

“The individual now has the opportunity to respond to the charge against him including the right to a full hearing of the case.”

In November, Levine was announced as having been retained on UKA’s World Class Performance Programme for ‘Olympic Relays’ level support. This followed the progress he had made after being involved in a serious motorbike crash while on a warm weather training camp in Tenerife in January.

When the funding lists were announced, British Athletics performance director Neil Black had said: “Nigel’s recovery from that accident is at an advanced stage in terms of his ability to compete again. As such we are able to retain him on the WCPP in his capacity as a relay athlete.”

As well as his European and world indoor relay medal success, Levine has formed part of the GB 4x400m squad at two Olympic Games, including having raced as part of the team at London 2012.

Source: AW