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Wang to feel full force of law for testing positive

2009-10-29 02:40:14 GMT2009-10-29 10:40:14 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

JINAN, Shandong province: Wang Jing, who tested positive after winning women's 100m sprint title at the National Games, has to suffer the consequences - even if she was framed, said Zhao Jian, the deputy director of the anti-doping department of the Games.

"As an athlete, it is her duty to take care of what she eats and drinks and she must be responsible for the result, even if the banned substance was put in by others deliberately," Zhao said.

"If she was trapped in a plot, we will think over the degree of punishment."

The sprinter, who has denied she ever willingly took drugs and waived her right top have her "B" sample checked, could face a lifetime ban, along with her coach, Chen Hua.

However, Chen claims Wang was backstabbed and said they have asked for a judicial review.

"Before the 100m final, Wang Jing put her bag on a chair in the lounge area and went to the bathroom. It was only two or three minutes," Chen said.

"We must have been set up. She was strong enough to win the gold. How could we use drugs? How could anyone be so silly?

"We have asked for a judicial investigation and are waiting for the results."

Despite the scandals, Xiao Tian, vice director of the State General Administration of Sport (SGAS), praised the anti-doping efforts throughout the Games.

"We have always placed emphasis on anti-doping work and have taken unprecedented measures this time. The number and standard of tests as well as the severity of penalties have surpassed previous ones," Xiao said.

"As for those who violate the rules, we took a clear-cut stand and made all the cases transparent to the public as soon as possible."

According to Xiao, 2,091 urine and 223 blood tests were conducted during the Games.

Meanwhile, he admits anti-doping remains a long-term and arduous task.

"The doping cases show that we still have vulnerabilities. We must build up permanent mechanisms and never treat the work lightly. "

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