BEIJING - A coach and two athletes who cheated in a dope test have been given bans of up to four years, the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA) has announced.
Zhu Lidong, a coach of the Heilongjang provincial athletics team, asked sprinter Teng Haina to pretend to be teammate Ha Xianpin and take an out-of-competition test in July, the CAA said.
"Zhu at first tried to stop the test, using excuses such as (saying) Ha was seriously injured.
"Then an athlete turned up calling herself Ha Xianping," Zhao Jian, deputy head of the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency, told Xinhua news agency.
"The examiner found the athlete looked different from Ha's registration photo and when challenged, Ha gave another false name."
Zhu and Teng were banned for four years and fined 20000 yuan (R21690) each, while Ha was suspended for one year.
The other athletes Zhu coached were expelled from the National Games in October. Another athlete, Xie Fang, who missed a test in July, was also banned for four years. - Reuters