Judo: Olympic medallist Van Snick fails drug test

Judo: Olympic medallist Van Snick fails drug test
Belgian Charline Van Snick(L) competes with Japanese Haruna Asami in the Women's 48kg category of the IJF World Judo Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 26, 2013.

BRUSSELS - Belgian judoka Charline Van Snick, a bronze medal winner from the 2012 London Olympics, revealed on Monday that she returned a positive test for cocaine during the world championships in Rio last August where she also won bronze.

"I received a letter informing me that a banned substance had been found in one of my urine samples, metabolites of cocaine," Van Snick told Belgian public radio station RTBF.

"The news stunned me, because I am very careful with this, and I really have a perfect lifestyle. I have never taken any substance that can improve my performance. Not intentionally anyway," she said.

The 23-year-old Belgian, who faces a two-year suspension and the loss of her medal in the lightweight category from Rio is now awaiting the results of the B sample.

"With my lawyer, we are building a case to prove my innocence. I've always tried to be as professional as possible and meet all my doping obligations and I don't understand how such a thing could have happened," she added.

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