Kayaker banned for 8 years after spiking rival's drink

  • Kayaker banned for 8 years after spiking rival's drink

Kayaker banned for 8 years after spiking rival's drink

They both represented Japan at last year's Canoe Sprint World Championships in Czech Republic, where Komatsu reached the semifinals together with his K4 squad, while Suzuki finished 24th in the men's K1 5000m event.

The Japan Canoe Federation began investigating after Komatsu tested positive but denied taking drugs.

After Komatsu tested positive, Suzuki admitted putting a muscle-building supplement containing the banned steroid methandienone in his drink.

As punishment, the Japan Canoe Federation announced that Suzuki, 32, has been banned from competition by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency for eight years. An investigation revealed that Suzuki intentionally drugged Komatsu to cause his disqualification, and therefore increase his own chances of booking a spot on the 2020 Japanese Olympic team. It has recommended Suzuki's expulsion from the federation.

Suzuki and Komatsu had been considered among the top candidates to qualify for their home Games in Tokyo. The federation also found Suzuki had made repeated attempts to sabotage other competitors, not only Komatsu, by such means as stealing equipment used in training and competition.

Suzuki is also unable to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris as a result of his suspension.

JADA said it was the first incident involving "deliberate contamination" by another athlete in its history, according to Bleacher Report.

In a plot that sounds like it's straight from a movie or an airport bookstore thriller, ESPN reported on Tuesday that a Japanese kayaker has been banned for drugging the drink of a rival.