Indian swimmer banned for flunking dope test

New Delhi: Indian swimmer Surya Prasad Sharma has been handed a two-year ban for flunking a dope test conducted last year.

Sharma tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol last year in October.

"On October 21, 2011, a swimmer Surya Prasad Sharma (IND) was tested positive to the substance Stanozolol (Class S.1 A Exogenous Anabolic Agent) following an in-competition doping control test conducted in Trivandrum, India," International Swimming Federation FINA said in a statement.

"The National Anti-Doping Agency of India imposed a sanction of two years` ineligibility on the athlete starting on November 9, 2011, the date of provisional suspension," it added.