World Championships Silver Medalist Junya Koga Faces 4-Year Ban

2017 World Championships silver medalist Junya Koga of Japan is facing a possible 4-year ban for having tested positively for a prohibited substance earlier this year.

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.

Sources told Kyodo News yesterday, September 17th, that Koga is set to be issued a 4-year by FINA for the violation, a punishment which would render the former Club Wolverine Elite athlete out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a home-based Games. Koga sought a reduction in his sanction at a hearing before an impartial panel in late August, reports Kyodo, however, his request was rejected. He still could appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

In addition to his 2017 World Championships medal, Koga earned 50m backstroke gold at the 2016 Short Course World Championships in Windsor. He was a 2016 Olympian as a member of Japan’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay.

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Wasn’t it Ligandrol (a SARM). Sorry, but if you get caught with SARMs in your system, you were taking it knowingly. SARMs don’t make their way into water or protein powders, unless you are deliberately being drugged by someone


And trimetazidine doesn’t make it’s way into Cooper Complete Elite Athletic multivitamins.


Was he training under Salo at the time?


No he was at wolverine club the past few years


He left CW a few months before Rio


Dude has been all over the US to train.


I didn’t know that “coupling forces” were a banned substance.


That’s a good joke. A sleeper, to be sure, but a good joke.


Thanks, I was pretty proud of myself as I typed it out.


That’s an all-time under appreciated joke

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