A British medal prospect for the 2012 London Olympics was ruled out of the Games after being banned for two years on Thursday for testing positive for steroids.

Weightlifter Denis Catana, originally from Moldova, tested positive for the banned substance Metenolone before October’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

He was provisionally suspended from all competition after failing a control in August, meaning he was unable to compete at the Commonwealth Games for England.

The ban, imposed by UK Anti-Doping, rules Catana out of the 2012 Olympics even without the British Olympic Association’s standard lifetime ban for drugs cheats.

Catana had been England’s leading weightlifter in the snatch and clean and jerk events in 2010.

Weightlifting has been repeatedly tainted by doping controversies, leading to questioning of its place in multi-sport events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

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