Thai Ratchanok cleared of doping violation
By Manunphattr Dhanananphorn
BANGKOK (Reuters) - World number four Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of an anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a statement on Monday, paving the way for the Thai medal hope to compete at the Rio Olympics.
Ratchanok had been given a provisional suspension on July 13 after reports that she had failed a dope test during the Uber Cup tournament in China in May.
A hearing process by badminton's governing body began following Ratchanok's suspension.
"The Panel concluded that ... no violation of the regulations was committed," the BWF said in a statement.
Badminton's governing body lifted the suspension, allowing Ratchanok to take part in competitions with immediate effect.
At a news conference in Bangkok on Monday, Ratchanok said she was happy to have been proven innocent.
"I didn't do anything wrong and I am confident in the decision of the BWF. I'm happy I received justice," Ratchanok told reporters.
"I will focus on training in order to bring success to the Thai people." Continued...