Yates' Olympic hopes dashed by past

Jeremy Yates will be denied the opportunity to represent New Zealand at August's Olympic Games in Beijing, despite having already served his full two-year ban for testing positive for high levels of testosterone in Belgium in 2004. The news comes as New Zealand Olympic Committee announces a tough stance on convicted dopers.

"We have no tolerance for them and we want to keep New Zealand as a drugs-free sports culture," NZOC secretary-general Barry Maister said. "If an athlete has a positive test at or around one Olympic Games, if they serve a mandatory two-year stand down after that, then they can just rock up to the next Games and nothing has changed.

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