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VIENNA - Austrian athlete Bettina Mueller-Weissina, a seven-time national sprint champion, is facing a lifetime ban from the sport after allegedly violating anti-doping rules for a second time in her career.
The National Anti-Doping Agency Nada said on Saturday it has started proceedings against 36-year-old Mueller-Weissina for allegedly trying to order growth hormones from an unidentified man, who had already been under investigation for selling doping products.
Mueller-Weissina has admitted that she sent the man a text message over her mobile phone, but denied having ever received or used the hormones.
Nada said it was awaiting Mueller-Weissina's reaction this week before deciding whether to provisionally suspend the athlete.
A hearing by Nada's disciplinary committee was set to take place within eight weeks.
Mueller-Weissina, who competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was suspended for two years in 1998 for using banned anabolic steroids.
Mueller-Weissina won four national titles in the 100m and three in the 60m indoors from 2001 to 2008, but failed to win a medal at international competitions. - Sapa-AP