China bans champion speed skater for two years after positive drug test

Xiaoxuan Shi tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol on December 14, the governing body says in a release posted on China’s General Administration of Sports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 January, 2018, 11:16am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 January, 2018, 11:16am

China has banned speed skater Xiaoxuan Shi from the national team for two years after failing a drug test, removing her from their squad for next month’s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the China Skating Association said in a statement.

Shi tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol on December 14, the governing body said in a release posted on China’s General Administration of Sports.

Clenbuterol is a performance-enhancing substance sometimes found in weight-loss pills and is on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.

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The penalty is a “wake-up call” for Chinese athletes preparing for the Winter Olympics, which will take place in South Korea from February 9-25, the Association said.

“There are loopholes in our education campaign against doping. We will take more measures and responsibility to prevent this from happening again,” the organisation added.

The positive test is a blow for China, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Shi, 21, won a gold medal for the 500-metre sprint at the Junior Speed Skating World Cup in 2016.