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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bagach Gets Ban

SYDNEY, Australia — Alexander Bagach of Ukraine, the 1999 world indoor shot put champion and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, has been suspended from competition for testing positive for steroids for a third time.

He will not be allowed to compete in the Sydney Games.

The ruling council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation announced the suspension Tuesday night after an eight-hour meeting.

Bagach, considered a top medal contender in Sydney, tested positive in an out-of-competition exam on Feb. 12, according to IAAF president Lamine Diack.

He was suspended pending an arbitration hearing. Because it takes several weeks to convene a hearing, Bagach will not be allowed to compete in Sydney.