April 23, 2010 / 6:10 AM / 10 years ago

China promises punishment for Li's failed dope test

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials have not yet been informed of Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team mate Li Fuyu failing a dope test but have promised he will be punished according to the regulations if it is confirmed.

The 31-year-old rider was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Thursday after Clenbuterol was found in his sample after an in-competition test during the Dwars Door Vlaanderen in March.

Li, who still has the right to request the testing of his ‘B’ sample, faces a two-year ban from the Chinese Cycling Association (CCA) if he is found guilty of using the banned substance.

“We have not got the formal notification from the UCI. If the violation is confirmed, we will hand out a punishment according to relevant regulations,” a CCA official told Reuters on Friday.

China’s first professional cyclist, Li joined RadioShack in the close season. He also rode for Johan Bruyneel, the American team’s manager, while with Discovery Channel in 2007.

RadioShack issued a statement on Thursday saying Li would be removed from the team if the positive test was confirmed.

Clenbuterol is often used to treat breathing disorders, rising blood pressure and for oxygen transportation.

After being at the centre of several doping scandals in the 1990s, China has cleaned up its act considerably in recent years, spurred in part by fear of embarrassment at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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