Italian Paralympian banned for using steroid

March 13, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) The International Paralympic Committee says an Italian ice sledge hockey player has been suspended for 18 months for failing a doping test at the Sochi Games.

Igor Stella was also fined 1,125 euros ($1,570) after a steroid was found in an out-of-competition urine sample provided three days before the Paralympics.

The IPC says a ''panel accepts it was not to enhance his performance.''

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