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O'Neill receives ban

By:
Bjorn Haake in Gent
Published:
June 17, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:36 BST
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Latest Cycling News, June 17, 2008

Australian Nathan O'Neill has been banned for 15 months for a positive anti-doping test for appetite...

Australian Nathan O'Neill has been banned for 15 months for a positive anti-doping test for appetite suppressant Phentermine last fall. The 33 year-old will be able to race again November 12 according to AFP, due to the back-dating of the decision announced by Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this morning.

O'Neill, multiple time trial national champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the same event, tested positive following USA's Tour of Elk Grove in August.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) announced the ban after it received the news from CAS. "In making the ruling, the CAS determined that Mr. O'Neill had been able to demonstrate a degree of no significant fault or negligence and thereby imposed a lesser penalty," ASADA stated in a press statement.

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