BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned speedskater Xiaoxuan Shi from the national team for two years after failing a drug test, removing her from their squad for next month's 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the China Skating Association said in a statement.
Shi tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol on Dec. 14, the governing body said in a release posted on China's General Administration of Sports.
Clenbuterol is a performance-enhancing substance sometimes found in weight-loss pills and is on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list.
The penalty is a "wake-up call" for Chinese athletes preparing for the Winter Olympics, which will take place in South Korea from Feb. 9-25, the Association said.
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"There are loopholes in our education campaign against doping. We will take more measures and responsibility to prevent this from happening again," the organization added.
The positive test is a blow for China, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Shi, 21, won a gold medal for the 500-metre sprint at the Junior Speedskating World Cup in 2016.
(Reporting by Josephine Mason and Meng Meng; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)