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Catcher banned from 72 games for doping

All Headlines 22:53 May 02, 2017

SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean catcher received a 72-game ban on Tuesday after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Choi Kyung-chul, backstop for the Samsung Lions, will be banned for 72 games -- an equivalent of half a season -- after failing a doping test last month.

On April 7, the Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA), which administers all drug tests for professional sports leagues, said Choi, an 11-year veteran, tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid and a banned substance.

Choi admitted to taking the substance, and the Lions promptly removed him from their active roster.

The KBO said Choi's suspension began retroactively on April 7.

Separately, the Lions were also fined 10 million won (US$8,850) by the KBO for their lack of oversight.

Choi is the seventh KBO player to face a doping suspension.

The photo, captured from the website of the Samsung Lions baseball club, shows catcher Choi Kyung-chul, who received a 72-game ban for doping on May 2, 2017. (Yonhap)

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