Norwegian sprinter tests positive, could face life ban

Updated: August 5, 2006, 8:49 AM ET
Associated Press

OSLO, Norway -- Norwegian sprinter Aham Okeke failed a doping test for the third time and could face a lifetime ban.

Okeke's "A" sample showed high levels of testosterone, the Norwegian Athletics Federation said Saturday. He was tested out of competition July 20 in Goteborg, Sweden. If the "B" sample confirms elevated testosterone, he could be barred for life.

Okeke said he went to a doctor who gave him testosterone after he injured his thigh in June.

"It was a desperate attempt," Okeke said. "I thought I would miss the European Championships after being injured. I can only blame myself. I'm sorry for all my teammates, my family and my friends."

He would have competed in the 100 as well as the 400-meter relay at the European Championships, which start Monday in Goteborg.

"It's a sad day for Norwegian athletics," Norwegian Athletics Federation president Svein Arne Hansen said.

Okeke, who turns 37 in two weeks, has won six Norwegian championships in the 100 meters, the last in 2004. His personal best is 10.26 seconds.

He also tested positive during the 1994 European Championships and then failed another test, the Norwegian news agency NTB said. He was banned from track and field for 2½ years.

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