Ex-taekwondo athlete blames doping ban on ‘administrative negligence’

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/29
By: Yang Chih-fang, Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth Hsu 

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) Former member of the national taewondo team Chuang Chia-chia (莊佳佳), who has been suspended from competition for two years since October 2017 following a controversy over missed doping tests, on Friday blamed her ban on “administrative negligence.”

The names of Universiade gold medalist Chuang, 29, and Asian Games gold medalist Huang Yun-wen (黃韻文), 24, also a taekwondo athlete, made local headlines a day after the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) published a list of Taiwanese athletes prohibited from competition due to failed doping tests at the request of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Chuang got a two-year ban from Oct. 3, 2017, which she said Friday was not related to doping but rather her failure to show up for doping test three times.

At a press conference, Chuang, who now serves as head of the Taoyuan Department of Sports, said she had not been informed that she was being sought by the WADA, or that she was supposed to have recorded her whereabouts online by herself, until after she failed to show up for two separate tests in the first seven months of 2017.

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