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Doping: 80-year-old weightlifter in the US busted

Agency that brought down Lance Armstrong hands steroid user 2-year suspension
Published: August 31, 3:13 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS — The latest target on the US Anti-Doping Agency’s list: An 80-year-old weightlifter who was busted for steroids.

The agency that brought down Lance Armstrong announced a two-year suspension for Don Ramos of Colorado Springs, who tested positive for steroids while attempting to set a world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June.

USADA was contracted to test at the event for athletes 35 and older. The suspension means Ramos cannot compete again until July 2015.

Organisers of masters events have been cracking down on doping. Two years ago, USADA suspended nine masters athletes for positive tests, including one in his 50s and three in their 60s. AP