Kayak racer penalized for drugging rival
NHK -- Jan 10
A Japanese kayak racer who drugged a rival at a national championship event has been banned from competing for 8 years.

Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, was penalized after he admitted he drugged a fellow competitor at the competition in Ishikawa prefecture last September.

His disqualification by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency was announced by the Japan Canoe Federation on Tuesday.

Federation officials said Suzuki put a banned muscle-strengthening substance into a drink belonging to Seiji Komatsu.

Komatsu drank the beverage and tested positive in a doping test after the competition. But he denied taking drugs, prompting the federation to investigate.

Federation officials say Suzuki told them that he was frustrated and did not think he could win. He reportedly added that he did not think the drug would be detected in the test.

Suzuki was aiming to secure a slot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Komatsu was provisionally disqualified from competing in October, but the punishment has now been nullified.

Japan Sports Agency chief Daichi Suzuki said on Tuesday that while he cannot yet officially comment, it would be extremely regrettable if the claims are true.

He said this is something that has not been heard of very much in Japan in the past.

カヌー選手がライバル選手をドーピング違反にさせようと飲み物に禁止薬物を入れていたことが分かった。この選手はさらに、別の選手の競技用具を盗んでいたことも自供している。 ライバルに禁止薬物を飲ませたとされるカヌー選手。我々の取材にこう夢を語っていた。
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