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Chinese Swimmer Fails Drug Test

Friday, 27th June 2008 ~ Maggie ~ Link ~ Comments (2)

Ouyang Kunpeng (Reuters)
Ouyang Kunpeng (Reuters)
Backstroker Ouyang Kunpeng is banned for life by the Chinese Swimming Association after testing positive for a banned substance, according to this report from Reuters. Ouyang apparently tested positive outside of competition on two separate occasions in May. His coach, Feng Shangbao, has also been banned by the association.

China Sports Daily published statement from the Chinese Swimming Association, including the following:

"The swimmer Ouyang Kunpeng tested positive in an out-of-competition test on May 1. The Chinese Swimming Association decided to give him a life ban ... although we have done lots of work, this positive case still happened, which is a deep lesson for us. We are going to take a clear stand on anti-doping work and firmly crack down on any violations."

Ouyang had won several medals in international Asian competition and was one of China's best medal hopes in swimming. The Chinese team draws suspicion from the international swimming world, because of its quick ascent in the sport and its athletes' absence from most major international events. Before the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth, Australia, four Chinese swimmers tested positive for the banned diuretic triamterene.

Tags: Chinese Swimming Association, doping, Feng Shangbao, Ouyang Kunpeng, swimming