SKorean gold medalist banned for doping violation

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic badminton gold medalist Lee Yong-dae and fellow-South Korean Kim Ki-jung have been handed one year suspensions by the sport's world governing body for missing doping tests.

In a statement this week, the Badminton World Federation said as part of its testing program of international level players, "Kim and Lee were required to provide whereabouts information for the BWF to conduct out-of-competition testing. In 2013, both athletes accumulated three whereabouts failures in connection with this administrative process."

Lee and Kim appeared earlier this month before a three-member BWF Doping Hearing Panel, which found there were extenuating circumstances to only sanction the players for one year instead of the maximum two years because the Badminton Korea Association failed to "make diligent efforts to keep the BWF informed about the players' whereabouts."



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