Chinese Olympic judo champion Tong Wen, 27-years-old, is taking a stand. Last week, she was pinned with a two-year ban for doping. Tong insists she is innocent and says that she will defend her title at the 2012 London Summer Games. But, the two-year ban doesn’t span to what her home country will impose on the judo star. She’s been forewarned that she could face a four-year ban that could remove any dreams of gold in Britain. Tong won gold in the women’s 78 kilogramme in Beijing.
The doping charges say that she tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Reporters say she may have injested the illegal substance from eating pork (Clenbuterol is used to help keep pigs lean). Athletes take it for performance and to lean out…doesn’t seem like judo is a sport that Tong would need to jeopardize her career. Her size is her strong suit.
“I was so shocked when I heard the news,” Tong, who was stripped of the World Championships title, was quoted as saying in the China Daily. “With my strength and ability, I don’t have to use drugs at all. I have a clear conscience.”
Tong is able to keep her Olympic gold medal, but she will not be permitted to defend her Asian Games title this year.