American athlete banned for two years

Updated: February 2, 2012

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LONDON (AP) — An American athlete has been handed a two-year ban by Britain’s anti-doping agency after testing positive at the Scottish Highland Games last year.

UK Anti-Doping said amateur athlete Sam Grammer, of Norwalk, Connecticut, tested positive for three banned substances on July 16.

His application for a retrospective therapeutic use exemption was rejected, although the UKAD accepted that Grammer did not intend to enhance his performance and the substances were present in medication prescribed by his doctor.

Grammer competed in caber-tossing and hammer-throwing events at the games.

UKAD says Grammer is banned from competing in then Highland Games, or any professional league or international or national-level event, until Aug. 27, 2013.

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