Retroactive doping ban for Chinese shuttler

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said Friday that Chinese women’s badminton player Yu Xiaohan was given a retroactive seven-month ban for ingesting a prohibited substance.

The governing body considers the ban to have been served and restored her eligibility with immediate effect.

One of Yu’s testing samples, taken at the Summer Universiade competition in South Korea last year, tested positive for sibutramine, a drug used to treat obesity.

Counting in Yu’s favour, they said, was that they did not believe she took the substance to gain a performance-enhancing effect.

The BFW accepted Yu’s claim that she took the substance inadvertently via a supplement.

“In the athlete’s favour, it is the (BWF doping panel’s) opinion that Ms. Yu did not take the pill to cheat or to gain a performance-enhancing advantage,” the BWF said in a statement.

As a result of her positive test, Yu was stripped of a pair of doubles silver medals she won at the Summer Universiade Games.