March 16, 2016

LONDON (AP) Britain's anti-doping agency has banned former athletics coach George Skafidas for life from sports for nine rule violations.

The Greek's ban relates to his conduct coaching British sprinter Bernice Wilson.

Wilson was banned from athletics for four years after testing positive in 2011 from an in-competition test for testosterone and clenbuterol, which U.K. Anti-Doping says Skafidas administered. Before Wilson returned to athletics, Skafidas administered further prohibited substances and she tested positive for clomiphene in February 2015.

UKAD says Skafidas subverted the doping control process by removing and concealing the charge notice sent to Wilson, while providing a false account.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead says ''this case is not only incredibly disturbing but sad,'' adding that Skafidas abused a position of trust and ''categorically destroyed'' Wilson's career.

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