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Friday, July 24, 1998 Published at 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK


Chinese swimmers banned for doping

The swimmers left the World Championships disgraced

Four Chinese swimmers have received two-year bans after they failed a drugs test at the World Championships earlier this year.

The world governing body for swimming, Fina, found the swimmers guilty of using banned substances and suspended them for two years from all competitions.

Three women, Wang Luna, Cai Huijue and Zhang Yi, together with their male teammate Wang Wei tested positive to a diuretic called triamterene, which masks the presence of anabolic steroids in the blood stream.

The ban, which comes into force immediately, dates back to the World Championships in Perth, Australia, in January.

Fina said a temporary suspension period, which was in force from January until April, will be deducted from the two-year total period.

A lawyer representing the Chinese swimmers immediately appealed against the decision to the Fina tribunal.

The appeal was rejected pending a written statement from Fina.

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