Coach: Olympic champion Tong's doping offence is honest mistake

17:01, May 10, 2010      

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Chinese Olympic judo champion Tong Wen did not take the banned drug on purpose, said her coach Wu Weifeng here on Monday.

Tong was on Friday handed a two-year ban by the International Judo Federation after she tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol in last year's world championships in the Netherlands.

Tong's world title was taken away but her Beijing Olympics crown in 78kg was untouched.

Wu told Xinhua that Tong may eat some food that contained the banned substance.

"I can be sure 100 percent that she is innocent because a player at her level doesn't need to take this kind of drug," said Wu.

"She has been crowned so many times, including at the Olympics and the world championships and received no less than 100 doping tests without positive results," she added.

Clebruterol has the function of blood vessel dilatation in medical treatment and it also can boost muscle growth. Wu admitted that both of them were shocked by the news.

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