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Doping ban dropped for Czech kayaker ahead of London Olympics

07/25/2012 07:56 EDT | Updated 09/24/2012 05:12 EDT
PRAGUE - The International Canoe Federation has cancelled a doping ban against a Czech kayaker, making him eligible to compete in the London Olympics.

The federation's arbitrary committee on Wednesday ruled in favour of Jan Sterba, a member of the Czech Republic's sprint kayak K4 crew, who tested positive for a banned stimulant during Olympic qualifying in Poland on May 17.

He was banned for six months by the federation this month, but appealed the decision.

Petr Mokry, a Czech canoe federation secretary, said officials are working on the necessary paperwork to make it possible for Sterba to compete at the Olympics.

Sterba acknowledged he used a food supplement called "Shot Gun" that contains the substance beta-methylphenylethylamine. He called the decision "great satisfaction."

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