Saturday, June 9, 2012
China's Li Zhesi fails doping test
BEIJING -- Chinese state media say a swimmer who was part of the country's winning team at the 2009 world championships has tested positive for doping.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that 16-year-old Li Zhesi tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug EPO in March.
Li is one of the swimmers who won gold in the 4x100m medley relay event at the worlds in Rome. Li also won the 50-meter freestyle event at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.
EPO is a hormone that boosts the body's production of red blood cells.
China has spent the past decade rebuilding its swimming program following a series of doping scandals that devastated the sport in 1990s.