Australian Kayaker Fails Random Drug Test

Tate Smith. Image:

Tate Smith. Image:

Gold medalling kayaker Tate Smith has failed a random drugs test.

The 32 year-old Gold Coaster is understood to have returned the positive test in a training camp in Hungary in July of this year.

Smith told News Corp he had recently begun a new supplements regimen and may have taken a prohibited substance accidentally.

Should Smith be found guilty of breaching the WADA prohibited substances code he will become Australia’s first Olympic gold medallist stripped of his medal for doping. Smith will be handed a standard two-year suspension from competitive kayaking.

But it doesn’t end there.

Initially Smith’s tests from the London Games returned a negative result. But British Olympic medical staff will now conduct a retrospective analysis of his frozen samples.

Should these also return a positive result not only Smith, but the entire four-man crew, may be stripped of their medals.

Greg Doyle, chief of Australian canoeing said, “Australian canoeing is unable to make any comment regarding matters that may be with ASADA until such time as the matter is finalised, in order to provide fairness to all persons involved.”

ASADA released a similar statement refusing to discuss their investigation.

Should he be found guilty, Smith will join fellow canoeist and Gold Coast Nathan Baggaley in being banned from competitive sport. Baggaley won two silver medals at the Athens games in 2004.

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