Two-year ban for shot putters

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British shot putters Jamie Stevenson and Kieren Kelly have been banned for two years following their refusal to undertake an out-of-competition test at Loughborough University in January. The pair admitted the charge brought by UK Anti-Doping and accepted the ban which starts from 8 February.

UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos said: "This must serve as a warning to all athletes, both funded and non-funded, of the importance of co-operating with UK Anti-Doping at all times without exception."

Kelly, 24, and Stevenson, 20, were third and fifth respectively in the British rankings last season and had been considered decent prospects for the London 2012 Olympics.

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