October 22, 2010 / 7:08 PM / 8 years ago

Former U.S. champion Clay banned for doping violations

Ramon Clay of the United States in action during his heat of the men's 200 meter qualifier at the World Championships in Athletics, in Edmonton August 7, 2001. REUTERS/Mike Blake

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. 200 meters champion Ramon Clay has been suspended for two years for using steroids and other banned substances from 2000-04, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Friday.

The 35-year-old, who is now retired, won his national championship in 2002.

Clay will lose that title and be disqualified from all competitive results since 2000, the date he first committed the anti-doping rule violations based on evidence in USADA’s possession, the agency said in a statement.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina, editing by Tony Jimenez

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