OBERSTDORF, Germany – Yuichi Onda’s chances of competing in the ongoing Nordic World Ski Championships were completely dashed when the Japanese cross-country skier failed a second blood test Monday.
Onda, who was hit with a five-day suspension after he failed a pre-meet blood test last Wednesday, was ordered to sit out the Feb. 17-27 event for another five days after the results of the routine blood testing procedure by the International Ski Federation (FIS) confirmed he still has a high hemoglobin count.
The FIS does not conduct blood sampling for doping control but rather for health and safety reasons.
The Ski Association of Japan denied any connection with blood doping and filed an appeal.
Onda’s medical history and past blood test reports were sent to the FIS on Saturday, but it was too late to overturn the penalty. The 24-year-old would have been able to compete in the men’s 1.2-km sprint on Tuesday had he cleared the FIS limit in hemoglobin count and passed the second test.
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