World canoe body bans for­mer Olympic cham­pion for 4 years

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The In­ter­na­tional Canoe Fed­er­a­tion has banned 2008 Olympic cham­pion Inna OsypenkoRadom­ska for four years for re­fus­ing a dop­ing test.

The canoe body says OsypenkoRadom­ska, who won medals at four straight Sum­mer Games, re­fused to un­dergo an out-of­com­pe­ti­tion drug test.

The 35-year-old sprint kayaker won medals at each Olympics from 2004 to 2012 rac­ing for Ukraine, in­clud­ing gold in K-1 500 me­ters in Bei­jing.

She then switched al­le­giance to Azer­bai­jan and won a K-1 200me­ter bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The ICF’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Si­mon Toul­son says: “A four year ban sends a clear mes­sage to all our ath­letes that they are ex­pected to play by the rules.” OsypenkoRadom­ska can ap­peal to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport.

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