Japanese swimmer banned from Tokyo Olympics in doping case | Inquirer Sports

Japanese swimmer banned from Tokyo Olympics in doping case

/ 10:05 PM March 06, 2020
Tokyo Olympics Swimming

FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, United States’ Michael Phelps, top, and Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori compete in a heat of the men’s 200-meter individual medley during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Fujimori lost his appeal Friday, March 6, 2020 against a two-year ban for a positive doping test and will miss the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland— Japanese swimmer Hiromasa Fujimori lost his appeal Friday against a two-year doping ban and will miss the Tokyo Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Fujimori “failed to establish a plausible source” for the stimulant in a sample taken at the short-course world championships in December 2018.

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Fujimori was disqualified from a bronze-medal place in the 100-meter medley, but retained the 200 medley bronze won three days earlier when his doping control tested negative.

The 28-year-old Fujimori — who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics in the 200-meter medley, won by Michael Phelps — has been banned through Dec. 31, 2020.

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The two-year ban could have been cut had he been able to prove why the substance was present.

Fujimori’s defense at CAS was to cite “potentially contaminated rice balls” he ate the day before, the court said.

At an earlier doping tribunal, held by swimming governing body FINA, Fujimori declined to blame a supplement or cold medication which could have resulted in a six-month ban.

“Mr. Fujimori has maintained his integrity, a clear conscience and demonstrated himself to be an individual of high character and ethical standards,” the FINA panel said, regretting its “lack of express authority within the rules to reduce Mr. Fujimori’s sanction in this case.”

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