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Kayaker Admits To Setting Up A Rival Who Was Banned For Doping

Yasuhiro Suzuki of Japan reacts after competing in a Canoe Sprint Men’s Kayak Single 1000m during a Guangzhou Asian Games on Nov. 25, 2010, in Guangzhou, China. Suzuki is now criminialized for 8 years for spiking a associate Japanese racer’s splash with an anabolic steroid.

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Yasuhiro Suzuki of Japan reacts after competing in a Canoe Sprint Men’s Kayak Single 1000m during a Guangzhou Asian Games on Nov. 25, 2010, in Guangzhou, China. Suzuki is now criminialized for 8 years for spiking a associate Japanese racer’s splash with an anabolic steroid.

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Japanese kayaker Yasuhiro Suzuki says his recklessness to contest in a 2020 Tokyo Olympics led him to edging a associate countryman’s splash with an anabolic steroid — and now he’s been criminialized for 8 years. Before Suzuki certified a plot, his opposition Seiji Komatsu had been banned.

Komatsu’s anathema was overturned on Tuesday, after a Japan Anti-Doping Agency found that Suzuki had laced Komatsu’s H2O bottle with a criminialized piece during a 2017 Canoe Sprint Japan Championships final fall. Komatsu unsuccessful a doping exam during a event, partial of a Olympics subordinate process.

The Japan Canoe Federation, that oversees kayaking, called a box rare as it announced a formula of JADA’s exploration on Tuesday.

The canoeing association says that in further to spiking Komatsu’s drink, Suzuki, 32, was found to have regularly resorted to cunning during competitions, such as hidden other boat racers’ collection or gear.

Suzuki confessed to officials after he felt guilty about Komatsu’s ban, Japanese media report.

“We apologize for causing trouble, not usually to dug-out athletes though also to those of all other sports,” JCF Director Osahiro Haruzono said, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

Suzuki’s doping set-up came after he and Komatsu had competed together as partial of Japan’s commission to a 2017 World Championships in a Czech Republic. Both athletes had been seen as clever contenders for Japan’s Olympic team.

To forestall a identical intrigue from personification out, a canoeing association pronounced it will appropriate a mark to store athletes’ drinks during competitions.

The canoeing physique also pronounced it will entice lecturers to emanate a vocalization module formed around a ideas of probity in sports and a suggestion of satisfactory play in competitions.