Japanese kayaker banned from competition for eight years after drugging rival


The Japan Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday it has suspended Suzuki for eight years over the drink-spiking, while the Japan Canoe Federation said it would seek to permanently ban him from competition in light of the severe punishment handed down by JADA.

Sources related to the federation said that it is also looking into installing surveillance cameras at locations to keep drinks in major competitions and training sessions for the Japanese national team.

The canoe federation, which launched its investigation after Komatsu maintained his innocence over the doping test, found Suzuki had made repeated attempts to sabotage multiple competitors, employing tactics such as stealing equipment. Suzuki later admitted to "putting a muscle-building supplement containing the banned steroid methandienone" in Komatsu's drink before a drug test. It has recommended Suzuki's expulsion from the federation.

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

"It is extremely regrettable", Japan Sports Agency commissioner Daichi Suzuki was quoted as saying by Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Sure, I've just found out of the Japanese Canoe Federation's existence, as well as kayaking's existence in the Olympics, and the fact that it's actually called "Canoe Sprint", but this mockery can not continue.

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The two had been considered among the top prospects to represent Japan at the 2020 Games and were teammates at last year's world championships in the Czech Republic.

When watching the Olympics, we often don't realize what it takes to get there.

The Olympic bronze followed his gold medal-winning performance in the same event at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Police in Ishikawa Prefecture are reportedly investigating the drink-spiking after Komatsu filed a complaint.