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Speed skater cleared for reported doping offence at National Winter Games

01-05-2012 08:55 BJT Special Report:12th National Winter Games |

CHANGCHUN, Jilin Province, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- A reported doping offence that questioned a speed skater's qualification has proved false on Wednesday, the first competition day of the 12th National Winter Games of China.

An anonymous source told the Chinese version of Yahoo! website on Wednesday evening that hosts Changchun team's speed skater Sun Longjiang was tested positive for clenbuterol in 2011 and thus should not be eligible for competing at the Games.

"We have been aware of Sun's positive result from his sample A urine taken last January during the national speed skating series," said Zhao Jian, spokesman for China's anti-doping center. "The athlete has been later cleared as he didn't intend to use performance-enhancing substance."

Sun, the defending men's all-around champion, was verified to have eaten contaminated food for the positive test.

"According to the related articles of World Anti-Doping Agency and regulations of the State General Administration of Sports, Sun was exempted from punishment," Zhao said.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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