Facing Possible 4-Year Ban, Japan’s Junya Koga Set To File CAS Appeal

Facing a possible 4-year ban for having tested positive for a banned substance, Japanese medalist Junya Koga is set to file an appeal with the Court Arbitration for Sport (CAS). According to Kyodo News, the 31-year-old had previously sought a reduction in his sanction at a hearing before an impartial panel in late August, however, his request was rejected. His appeal to CAS is the next step for Koga if he hopes to have a chance to join the Japanese national team for a home-based Olympics in 2020.

As we reported back in May on the eve of the 2018 Japan Open, the 31-year-old backstroke ace reportedly failed two drug tests in the month of March, which resulted in his being removed from the Japanese National Team. Koga tested positive for traces of ‘banned muscle-building substances’, which the Olympian denied having taken knowingly.

Koga earned the 50m back silver medal last year in Budapest at the 2017 World Championships. He also earned 50m backstroke gold at the 2016 Short Course World Championships in Windsor, as well as represented Japan at the 2016 Olympics as part of the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay.

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mike in dallas

How “un-Russian” of the Japanese swim authorities, i.e., you cheat; you are OUT!
Refreshing, to say the least!


Un-Korean as well.


Just use Shaggy’s excuse

“It wasn’t me”


Where has he been training? Japan?


With Gary Hall Sr

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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