11-time world canoe champion Vincent-Lapointe suspended for doping
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Canada celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's C1 200m race of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, Aug. 27, 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/MARTIN DIVISEK
Madrid, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Canadian canoer Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, an 11-time world champion, has been temporarily suspended after testing positive to a banned substance, the International Canoe Federation announced on Monday.
Vincent-Lapointe won’t be able to defend her title at the world championship scheduled to kick off this week in the Hungarian city of Szeged.
“We are very disappointed this has happened on the eve of our biggest event of the year,” ICF secretary-general, Simon Toulson was cited as saying by the federation’s website.
“The rights of the athlete must be respected, so we will be making no further comment until the hearing is complete,” he added.
The 27-year-old has claimed six C1-200 world titles, four C2-500 world titles and a C1-5000 crown last year in Portugal. EFE-EPA