By Duncan Mackay

Yuriy BilonogApril 5 - Yuriy Bilonoh, stripped of the Olympic gold medal he won at Athens in 2004 after his drugs sample was retested, has been given a retrospective two-year ban by the Ukrainian Athletics Federation (FLAU). 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) took Bilonoh's medal away in December after they retested the samples of several athletes from Athens and his showed traces of the anabolic steroid oxandrolone.

The FLAU Board has now given Bilonoh a back-dated two-year ban, starting from August 18, 2004, the date of the Athens shot put final, which was held at the Ancient Olympia Stadium.

As a result of the suspension, several other of Bilonoh's results are also erased from the record books, including his fourth place at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki and sixth place at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg.

Bilonoh retired from competition after finishing sixth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a result not affected by this ban because it "ended" on August 17, 2006. 

Yuriy Bilonog with Olympic gold medalYuriy Bilonoh celebrates the Olympic gold medal at Athens 2004 - which he has since been stripped of by the IOC

Earlier this week, Russia handed out two-year bans to former world and Olympic champions Svetlana Krivelyova and Olga Kuzenkova, after their samples were also found to be positive following retests. 

The FLAU have also confirmed doping bans on two other athletes, Tetyana Petlyuk, the 2008 World Indoor Championship 800 metres silver medallist, and Anzhelika Shevchenko, who represented Ukraine at last year's Olympics in London. 

Both were banned on the grounds of abnornal results in biological passports. 

Their bans last until February 17, 2015.