Monday, 2 November 2015

Olimpic champion Tate Smith, banned for two years after doping confirmation

Tate Smith winning his gold medal in London 2012
Tate Smith, front paddler in the Australian K4 who took gold at the last Olympics in London 2012, has been confirmed for a two-year ban after testing positive on stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, which was detected in a routine test in the summer 2014 during the Australian team training camp in Hungary.

After being confirmed positive in counteranalysis, the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been finally declared, but with retroactive effect and then backdated to the provisional suspension of the athlete, who was on September 8th 2014, so he's gost now one more year to follow. Regarding the respect of the canoeing world, he will probably get some more time.

Stanozolol is the same substance that caused the ban in 2005 of the double olympic silver medalist and world champion in 500 metres Nathan Baggaley, who meant actually his total decline in sports and life itself. He is currently in prison in Australia for a crime against public health, after being found guilty for possession and dealing of methamphetamine.

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