Thai Ratchanok cleared of doping violation

Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:41am EDT
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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...

Thailand's badminton player and Olympics hope Ratchanok Intanon cries during a news conference at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha