Bulgaria’s Naimova Stripped of European Gold Medal over DopingSports | September 17, 2013, Tuesday // 13:30| views
Naimova, 26, won the 60m title at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg in March this year. File photo
Bulgarian sprint champion Tezdzhan Naimova will be forced to return her gold medal from the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, after her second doping offence was confirmed.
Naimova won the women's 60 race at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in March this year in 7.10 seconds, nosing out Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine.
France's Myriam Soumare was third, while Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova ranked fourth.
At the beginning of June the country’s athletics federation announced that Naimova has been temporarily suspended after testing positive for taking anabolic steroid Drostanolone at the European indoor championship in Gothenburg in March.
After reviewing the case, the Bulgarian athletics federation confirmed on Tuesday the charges, imposing a life ban.
At the beginning of 2009 Tezdzhan Naimova was banned for two years for manipulating a doping sample.
Naimova has been widely regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most promising athletes.