Saeid Ali-Hosseini ban cut to 12 years

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has decreased an Iranian weightlifter lifetime ban for a second doping offense to 12 years.

CAS barred Saeid Ali-Hosseini from competition until October 2021, when he will be 33, after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone.

The court eased a lifetime ban imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation because of the circumstances of Ali-Hosseini's first offense. CAS accepted that a subsequently banned coach doped unwitting Iranian lifters with clenbuterol.

Ali-Hosseini returned from that two-year ban to set several junior world records.

CAS described methandienone as the "classic steroids-of-choice for doping weightlifters."