Third positive test rocks National Games (2)

09:55, October 27, 2009      

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The young runner yesterday denied taking any drugs deliberately and asked for further investigation into the case, although she accepted the 'A' sample result and given up the right a further test on her 'B' sample .

"I have never taken any drugs willingly in my life and I have never accepted any drugs from anybody," Wang told Xinhua.

"I regret the result which surely has a negative effect on the National Games but I strongly ask the relative departments to investigate the whole case and tell everybody why my sample tested positive," Wang said.

According to an official within the Fujian delegation, Wang had been training with the national team since the Shanghai Grand Prix in September before arriving in Shandong for the Games on Oct 18, when she passed an out-of-competition doping test.

"The whole Fujian delegation is sad and astonished by Wang's case and cannot find a rational explanation for why such a top sprinter had to take drugs," the delegation said in a statement.

"The delegation always pays attention to anti-doping education. But the fact remains that Wang, deliberately or not, didn't take effective measures to keep away from drugs and she has to take the responsibility," the statement said.

It is one of the biggest doping cases in China athletics in recent years.

At the last National Games, star marathoner Sun Yingjie became the highest profile casualty when she tested positive for the banned steroid androsterone after taking silver in the women's 10,000m race in 2005.

She won a court case in December of that year against a runner she accused of spiking her drink with the substance but still copped a two-year ban.

Her coach, Wang Dexian, received a life ban for a second violation of anti-doping rules.

Wang's doping case is the third at the Games in Shandong. Guo Linna, a rower from Henan province, and Li Jie, a shooter from Inner Mongolia, were also found to haven taken banned substances.

They were both kicked out of the event.

Guo will be banned for four years, the Chinese Rowing Association announced yesterday.

The 21-year-old will also be banned from the next Chinese National Games and also the Cities Games as well as being fined 15,000 yuan ($2,200).

The woman rower was found positive for 19-norandrostenedione in an out-of-competition test on Oct 12.

Guo's coach, Zhang Hui, who has been implicated in two positive cases, has been disqualified as a coach for life. The first case happened in 2001 when female rower Zhou Xinrong from Henan, tested positive and was disqualified from the ninth Chinese National Games. Zhang was also fined 15,000 yuan. At the same time, the Henan Rowing Association was given a warning.

Source: China Daily
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