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Badminton: S. Korean doubles players Lee & Kim banned 1 year for missing dope tests

Published on Jan 28, 2014 5:13 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong Dae has been hit with a one-year ban for missing doping tests, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old won the mixed doubles gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing and a bronze medal in the men's doubles in London four years later. Another Korean player, Kim Ki Jung, was also banned for one year.

The ban was effective until Jan 23, 2015, the federation said in a statement, meaning the players would miss the Asian Games in Incheon later this year.

"Korean badminton players Kim Ki Jung and Lee Yong Dae have each received a one-year sanction for violating the requirements relating to filing whereabouts information and resulting missed tests under the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations," the BWF said.

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