Female paddlers Shengfang Tian and Huan Men both competed at the ICF’s opening canoe sprint world cup event in Szeged, Hungary, in May this year.
Both athletes finished outside of the medals; Tian was eighth in the K1 5000, and was part of the Chinese women’s K4 500 team which finished second in the B final, while Men was ninth in the C2 500 final alongside teammate Qi Li.
The athletes returned positive tests to the diuretic Triamterene and will be suspended from all levels of competition for two years. The tests were carried out by the Chinese anti-doping agency CHINADA on April 24, meaning their results in Szeged will not stand.
In addition, Tian’s coach and Men’s coach have also been banned for one year and have been fined 10,000 RMB because of joint liability.
The athletes will not be allowed to return to competition before May 22, 2020, while the coaches have been suspended until May 21, 2019.