Chinese weightlifter Zeng Ying has tested positive for a banned steroid and now faces a two-year suspension, the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) announced on Tuesday.
According to a statement by the COC anti-doping commission, the 19-year-old failed an out-of-competition doping test on April 21.
The positive result was confirmed after Zeng did not request to take a second, or B sample, test.
But Zeng claimed that she had never used such a banned substance.
"I have never heard of it, let alone used it," she said.
Zeng added that she was forced to give up the B sample test due to money shortage.
"The second test will cost me 5,000 yuan (about US$625), and I can't afford it," said Zeng.
"Besides, I heard that the results of A and B sample tests are always the same, so there is no point of asking for a second test."
Zeng won the silver in the women's 58-kilogram weight class at the 2005 World university weightlifting championship. She finished seventh in the clean-and-jerk event at the national weightlifting championships in April.
Zeng, originally from Hunan Province, moved to the Beijing team in February. She had denied taking any banned substance while training with the Hunan team.
Yu Jinglong, who was appointed coach of the Beijing team in January, has been suspended following the test result and faces a one-year ban.
But Yu, who started to coach Zeng only two months ago, also defended his innocence, saying that the he and his athlete are possibly being framed.
"I became coach of the Beijing team only four months ago, so it is unlikely for me to ask Zeng to do it, which would end her career as well as mine," he said.
The COC anti-doping commission said that the test result will be sent to the Chinese weightlifting association, which will then dole out punishments on Zeng and Yu.
Source: China Daily