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  Chinese Athlete Gets Gold Medal Back After Doping Ban Overturned

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Chinese Athlete Gets Gold Medal Back After Doping Ban Overturned

Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu has received back her gold medal that was taken away from her after she failed a pre-competition drug test.

Last September, Zhang won the women’s hammer throw at the Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea. The Chinese hammer thrower was later disqualified and stripped of the medal after a pre-competition test revealed traces of the prohibited substance Zeranol in her sample. In October, the three-time Asian Games champion filed an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in October and urged that her positive case resulted from contaminated food.

Zeranol is approved for use as a growth promoter in livestock. During the time of her suspension, an OCA statement disclosed that the competitor has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games and as such her accreditation canceled, and gold medal was withdrawn. Zeranol, a non-steroidal estrogen agonist, is approved for use as a growth promoter in livestock and increases cancer cell proliferation in already existing breast cancer.

At that time, the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) remarked that the cause of positive result of the athlete is unknown yet, they fully respect decision of the OCA. In a statement, the COC had remarked that the athlete may dope deliberately, but there also remain the possibilities that the positive reading was due to her consumption of contaminated meat.

Zhang set an Asian Games record with a throw of 77.33 meters to win the women’s hammer title in Incheon. The 29-year-old, bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics and Asian Games champion in 2006 and 2010 was stripped of her medals. This development means that Zhang’s compatriot Wang Zheng and India’s Manju Bala who were upgraded to gold and silver respectively may now have to be satisfied with silver and bronze again.

On Wednesday, the Olympic Committee of Asia issued a statement saying that Zhang did not commit a doping violation based on further tests and will receive back her medal. The OCA statement reads following further testing performed by independent specialists, the Olympic Council of Asia was informed that such testing had established that the presence of Zeranol was, as Zhang asserted, the consequence of the consumption of contaminated food. It was also remarked that based on this new information and supported by WADA, the Olympic Council of Asia recognizes Zhang did not return an Adverse Analytical Finding for the presence of Zeranol, nor therefore commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation during the 2014 Asian Games.

The 28-year-old became the first athlete from China to get caught doping in major sporting events since the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima when many Chinese swimmers failed anti-doping tests.

Figures from the Chinese Olympic Committee reveal that more than 10,000 drug tests were conducted on athletes from the country each year over the past decade and the positive rate is just 0.02 percent, which is one of the lowest in the world. A few months back, WADA President Craig Reedie spoke highly of efforts of China in the fight against doping in sport. Reedie’s predecessor John Fahey also hailed China as a role model in the anti-doping drive.

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Friday 10, Oct 2014

  Chinese Hammer Throw Champion Stripped Of Gold

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Zhang Wenxiu, women’s hammer throw champion from China, has been stripped of gold medal at the Asian Games after she failed a drugs test.

Zhang’s positive test is the first time that a Chinese athlete has tested positive during an Asian Games since Hiroshima 1994 Games. During 1994 Games, 11 members of the Chinese swimming and cycling teams who won a total of 15 titles between them were disqualified after they failed tests for Dihydrotestosterone.

The 28-year old won her third straight Asian Games title on September 28 by making a Games record of 77.33 meters. According to a statement by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the pre-competition urine specimen of the Olympic bronze medalist collected on September 26 was found to contain Zeranol and its metabolite (ß-Zeranol), a prohibited substance in the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] Prohibited List 2014. Zeranol, a semi-synthetic estrogenic veterinary drug with growth-promoting properties, is a non-specified substance under category S1.2, “Other Anabolic Agents”.

The statement was signed by Dr M Jegathesan, chairman of the OCA Medical Committee and Anti-Doping Commission. It added that the hammer throw champion has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games and as such his accreditation cancelled and her gold medal has been withdrawn. The statement added these findings will now be forwarded to the competitor’s national authorities, the Asian Athletics Association and the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations], and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action on their part as per sanctions concerning eligibility.

Zhang won the Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and also won the hammer title at Doha 2006 and Guangzhou 2010. She also won bronze medals at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at Osaka in 2007, Daegu 2011, and Moscow 2013. Wang Zheng, the compatriot of Zhang, who finished second, is now set to be elevated to gold while Bala Manju of India will now win silver and Masumi Aya of Japan will be promoted to bronze.

Tajikistan footballer Khurshed Beknazarov was the first athlete to be banned during the Incheon 2014 Asian Games. The 20-year-old defender tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, according to an announcement by the Olympic Council of Asia. The adverse urine sample was collected on September 14 shortly after 1-0 victory of Tajikistan over Singapore.

Wushu player Tai Cheau Xuen was then stripped of her Asian Games gold medal after she tested positive for banned drugs. The 22-year-old tested positive for Sibutramine, the banned stimulant (often found in diet and slimming pills) that prompted the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to take away the gold medal she had won in the nanquan and nandao all-round event. Xuen was disqualified from the Games and her accreditation was canceled. Findings of her positive drug test will be forwarded to the International Wushu Federation, the Wushu Federation of Asia, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Indonesia’s Juwita Niza Wasni will be promoted to gold and Wei Hong of China will take silver and Ivana Ardelian Irmanto of Indonesia will take the bronze position.

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