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Badminton: Ex-world No. 1 Zhou banned for 2 years for doping, she blames Chinese medicine

The Canadian Press 07.09.2010 13:27
Badminton: Ex-world No. 1 Zhou banned for 2 years for doping, she blames Chinese medicine - Hong Kong - Sports - Badminton - Zhou Mi


Former world No. 1 female player Zhou Mi has been banned for two years by the Badminton World Federation after testing positive for clenbuterol.



A urine sample taken from the Hong Kong player in late June tested positive for the drug, the governing body said in a statement on Saturday.

Zhou said she took the drug — used by asthma sufferers or as a weight-loss aid — unknowingly, as it was contained in a Chinese medicine to treat a fever.

Zhou's ban rules her out qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics, but was expected to appeal.

Badminton World Federation chief operating officer Thomas Lund said in a statement it was the body's first drug ban in recent years.

"The case sends a strong message to elite athletes in the sport, who need to be aware of prohibited substances and the consequences of taking these — either deliberately or inadvertently," Lund said.

The Hong Kong Badminton Association said Zhou took the Chinese medication for a fever while training in Singapore in June.


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