Banned Belgian judoka takes her case to CAS

Olympic bronze medallist Charline van Snick is to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over her two-year suspension for failing a drug test, she said on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

Belgian Charline Van Snick (left) competes with Japanese Haruna Asami in the Women's 48kg category of the IJF World Judo Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 26, 2013

Van Snick tested positive for cocaine at the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro last August, after another bronze medal, but has always vehemently denied taking the drug.

"I was shocked by the decision," she said. "The punishment was too harsh and disproportionate. An analysis of hair samples has shown the miniscule nature of the involuntary contamination I was exposed to. I intend to fight to the end."

At her initial denial, the Belgian insisted: "I don't understand what's happened to me, I've never taken cocaine.

"I've always tested negative in my previous tournaments. I went to Brazil to win a medal so I knew I would be tested."

In her defence, toxicologist Jan Tytgat explained that two hair samples showed she had not taken cocaine between June 2011 and August 2013 but that a trace of the drug showed up for the period August 10 to October 10, although it was 200 times smaller than for a regular cocaine user.

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