British bobsledder banned for two years

British bobsledder Neil Armstrong was slapped with a two-year ban from the sport after being caught by Italian police with banned drugs in a car.

The British Bobsled Association (BBA) revealed Thursday that Italian authorities discovered testosterone and nandrolone in Neil Armstrong's backpack when the car he was in was stopped at Bolzano in northern Italy in January.

The British bobsled team's performance manager, Tom De-La-Hunty, was also in the car but the BBA said only Armstrong knew there were drugs in the vehicle.

A three-man bobsled association panel suspended Armstrong on Wednesday after finding him guilty of a doping violation.

The suspension will last until January 2006, and under British Olympic Association rules, Armstrong received a lifetime ban from the Olympics.

Although nandrolone occurs naturally in the human body in tiny quantities, the synthetic version is banned as it helps increase muscle mass and physical strength.

Testosterone helps athletes increase muscle size and strength, reduce the amount of time required to recover after exercise and train harder for longer periods of time.