Triathlon Athlete Sanctioned for Refusal to Submit to Sample Collection

The Hong Kong Anti-Doping Committee (HKADC) announced today (31 December 2015) that Mr. LO Ching Hin of Hong Kong, China, athlete in the sport of triathlon, has been imposed a 4-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.

The violation occurred during an out-of-competition doping control on 12 May 2015 where the athlete refused to submit to sample collection.

In response to HKADC’s assertion of anti-doping rule violation, Mr. LO exercised his right to attend and testify at the hearing on 5 June 2015. The Disciplinary Panel had carefully considered the case and Mr. LO was found guilty for violating the HKADC Anti-Doping Rules due to his refusal to submit to sample collection without compelling justification. Mr. LO subsequently appealed to the Hong Kong Anti-Doping Appeal Panel. The appeal hearing was conducted on 16 November 2015 and the decision of the Disciplinary Panel was upheld by the Appeal Panel. Mr. LO’s period of ineligibility is from 26 May 2015 to 25 May 2019.

Mr. LO is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport affiliated to the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) or organizations regulated by the World Anti-Doping Code. HKADC, under the auspices of the SF&OC, is an independent committee responsible for the anti-doping programme in Hong Kong.

HKADC is committed to preserve a doping-free environment for fair play in sport in Hong Kong.