ITU sanctions two Chinese athletes for doping violations

ITU imposes 10-month ban on two athletes based on in-competition testing done at the 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event for the use of Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ).

| March 23, 2017 | NEWS

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It's another example of just how careful you need to be about what you're taking into your system at all times. The International Triathlon Union has sanctioned two Chinese athletes for anti-doping rule violations from the 2016 Weihai ITU Long Distance Traithlon Series Event held last September 11. Hao Miao and Liwei Sun finished fourth and fifth in the race, but have since been disqualified. An in-competition doping test found Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), a banned diuretic, in their systems.

The athletes were able to show that the HCTZ in their system was "a result of ingestion of a fructose 'candy' used for the purpose of carbohydrate supplementation." Six bottles of the supplements bought by team managment for athlete's use in teh event were analyzed and it was found that two of the bottles that contained "pressed fructose candy capsules purchased in 2015, were found to contain significant amounts of HCTZ."

The athletes were found to "have no significant fault in the anti-doping rule violation," but, because it is the "responsibility of all athletes to be aware of what they ingest" the arbitration panel declared that Miao and Sun would be ineligible to compete for 10 months. Their ban ends on August 30, 2017. 

"Following this situation, ITU reminds all athletes to be aware of everything they ingest, especially supplements," the ITU warned in the release sent out about the sanctions.