Chinese woman shuttler Yu Xiaohan receives 7-month ban in doping case

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Friday's verdict on Yu Xiaohan's doping case was a total relief for her (right). (photo: GettyImages)

Beijing: In a statement released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Friday, Chinese women’s doubles badminton player Yu Xiaohan has received a retroactive seven-month ban for a doping violation committed last year.Friday's verdict on Yu Xiaohan's doping case was a total relief for her (right). (photo: GettyImages)

BWF said in a press conference that the sanction against Yu Xiaohan was based on the results from a sample taken on July 12 last year during the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, where Yu’s sample was found to contain sibutramine, a specified substance prohibited in competition.

When appearing before the BWF doping hearing panel on Jan. 30, 2016, Yu Xiaohan acknowledged that sibutramine was present in her sample, but denied the allegations that she took the substance intentionally to cheat or to gain a performance-enhancing advantage.

After a thorough investigation into the alleged doping incident, BWF panel has accepted her argument that she took the substance inadvertently via a supplement.

“In the athlete’s favor, 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 federation said in a statement.

The panel thus also decided that Yu’s sanction to be backdated to the date of sample collection, which means that her sanction ends on Friday, and Yu may resume her professional badminton career on Saturday.

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