BEIJING: China's top female triathlete, Wang Hongni, has been banned for two years for doping, meaning the reigning Asian Games champion will miss the 2008 Beijing Olympics, sporting officials announced.
Wang was formally banned by the International Triathlon Union after testing positive for steriods on August 24, the Chinese Triathlon Association said in a statement posted on Wednesday on its website.
The 24-year-old, who trains with a team run by China's military, has become the nation's highest profile doping case since women's long-distance runner Sun Yingjie was banned for two years in 2005, also for steroid use.
Wang recorded positive for “exogenous metabolites of testosterone” in both her A and B samples during an out-of-competition test, waived her right to a hearing and on Saturday accepted the two-year suspension, the association said.
China Triathlon Association head Wang Jianguo put the blame squarely on the broad shoulders of the triathlete, who finished 40th in the 2004 Athens Games, denying it was team related.
“Wang Hongni's use of steroids stems from her own personal behaviour, this will only affect her personal athletic career ... our team plan will not be effected by this incident.” – AFP