Top Japanese Canoeist Suspended for Framing Rival for Doping (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)—Top Japanese canoeist Suzuki Yasuhiro intentionally mixed a banned drug in a drink of his rival, Komatsu Seiji, in the domestic canoe sprint championships last September, the Japan Canoe Federation said Tuesday.

Over the incident, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency has suspended Suzuki, 32, from competition for eight years from December 2017.

Komatsu Seiji (background) in action before finishing third in the men's K-1 200-meter event in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on September 29, 2014. (© Jiji)

Suzuki intended to frame the 25-year-old rival for doping, in the hope of increasing his chance of being selected to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, according to the federation and other sources.

Both of them took part in the 2017 world canoe sprint championships in the Czech Republic last summer.

Komatsu won a championship in a 200-meter singles sprint in the domestic competition in September. After subsequently testing positive for methandienone, a prohibited steroid, he was slapped with a provisional suspension by JADA on Oct. 20.

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