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Chinese badminton star gets retroactive seven-month doping ban

Kuala Lumpur: Chinese women's badminton player Yu Xiaohan was hit with a retroactive seven-month ban after she was found last year to have ingested a prohibited substance, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said Friday.

Chinese shuttler Yu Xiaohan (front R). AFP

Chinese shuttler Yu Xiaohan (front R). AFP

The sport's governing body said the ban is now considered to have been served and her eligibility restored with immediate effect.

A testing sample given by Yu at the Summer Universiade competition in Gwangju, South Korea last July showed the presence of sibutramine, a drug used to treat obesity.

Yu, a doubles player, says she took the substance inadvertently via a supplement, a claim the BWF has accepted.

"In the athlete’s favour, it is the (BWF doping panel’s) opinion that Ms. Yu did not take the pill to cheat or to gain a performance-enhancing advantage," the Kuala Lumpur-based federation said in a statement.
Yu had received a provisional suspension in September pending a review by the doping panel.

The discovery of the violation resulted in Yu being stripped of a pair of doubles silver medals at the games in South Korea.  - AFP

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2016 15:16 PM

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