China bans speed-skater for positive drug test
China has banned speed-skater Xiaoxuan Shi from the national team for two years after failing a drug test, removing her from their squad for next month’s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the China Skating Association said in a statement.
Shi tested positive for the banned on Dec. 14, the governing body said in a release posted on China’s General Administration of Sports.
Clenbuterol is a performance-enhancing substance sometimes found in weight-loss pills and is on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.
The penalty is a “wake-up call” for Chinese athletes preparing for the Winter Olympics, which will take place in South Korea from Feb. 9-25, the Association said.
The positive test is a blow for China, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Shi, 21, won a gold medal for the 500-metre sprint at the Junior Speed-skating World Cup in 2016.