Japanese kayaker banned after spiking rival’s drink with anabolic steroids
One Japanese kayaker will have to forget about representing his home nation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Yasuhiro Suzuki was banned from competing for eight years after lacing the drink of a rival athlete to make him fail an upcoming doping test, according to ESPN.
Suzuki laced Seiji Komatsu’s water bottle with an anabolic steroid while competing at the Canoe Sprint Japan Championships in September 2017. Komatsu failed the test at the competition, which is part of the Olympics qualifying process, and was then suspended for taking a banned substance.
Following an investigation, the ban for Komatsu was overturned, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency announced on Tuesday. The JADA also announced that Suzuki was banned from competition for eight years.
After the original positive test, Komatsu denied ever taking any drugs or steroids, and the Japan Canoe Federation opened an investigation into the matter. The canoeing federation found out about what Suzuki did with the laced drink, and it also found that he previously “resorted to trickery at competitions, such as stealing other kayak racers' tools or gear,” according to NPR.
Following the positive test, Suzuki admitted to putting “a muscle-building supplement containing the banned steroid methandienone” in Komatsu’s drink out of guilt, according to the Japanese public broadcasting organization NHK.
This incident is unprecedented in Japan, as it’s the first time that a Japanese athlete failed a doping test because of deliberate contamination, according to the JADA.
"We apologize for causing trouble, not only to canoe athletes but also to those of all other sports," Japan Canoe Federation Director Osahiro Haruzono said, according to The Asahi Shimbun.
Both Suzuki and Komatsu were considered to be some of the top competitors for Japan's Olympic team. Following the incident, the canoeing federation said it will create a spot to store athletes' drinks at competitions safely, according to NPR.
Want more information on steroids and how they can affect your body? Check out these from Men's Fitness:
via Men's Fitness http://ift.tt/2u0SmvI
January 10, 2018 at 12:00PM
The Flat Belly Fix
This is the only 21-day rapid weight loss system that allows you to easily lose an average of 1 lb a day for 21 days without feeling hungry or deprived. The unique and brand new techniques used in this System are proven SAFE. And they do not cause the rebound weight gain common to all the other rapid weight loss systems that are not backed by the latest science. The Flat Belly Fix System takes advantage of a recent scientific discovery that proves the effective weight loss power of an ancient spice. Combined with other cutting-edge ingredients in the patent-pending Flat Belly Fix Tea™ — that you can make right in your own kitchen in minutes — this System is the quickest, easiest and most enjoyable way to quickly get the body you desire and deserve. Click Here
Leave a Reply.