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Posted: January 09, 2018

Japanese kayaker banned for 8 years after spiking rival's drink

Japanese Kayaker Receives 8 Year Ban For Spiking Competitor's Beverage


Japanese kayaker banned for 8 years after spiking rival's drink
One kayaker received an eight-year ban for causing a rival to fail a drug test.

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A Japanese kayaker was hit with an eight-year ban for spiking the drink of a rival so he would fail a drug test, ESPN reported.

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According to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, Yasuhiro Suzuki spiked the drink of rival Seiji Komatsu with an anabolic steroid at last September’s national championships, causing him to fail a doping test.

The Japan Canoe Federation began investigating after Komatsu tested positive but denied taking drugs. The federation said Komatsu's suspension and records that had been stripped have been restored.

After Komatsu tested positive, Suzuki admitted putting a muscle-building supplement containing the banned steroid methandienone in his drink, ESPN reported. 

It is the first time in Japan that an athlete failed a doping test because of deliberate contamination, JADA said.

Suzuki and Komatsu were considered among the top candidates to represent Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ESPN reported.

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