Onda banned after blood test

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OBERSTDORF, Germany – Japan’s Yuichi Onda, who was scheduled to compete in the men’s cross country, failed a blood test and is facing a five-day suspension from the ongoing Nordic World Ski Championships, skiing sources said Thursday.Onda is suspended from the Feb. 17-27 competition until Monday due to a high hemoglobin count in a routine blood testing procedure held by the International Ski Federation on Wednesday. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img He strongly denied any connection with blood doping.“I honestly don’t know why the count is so high,” said the 24-year-old Onda, who placed eighth twice in World Cup events.“I haven’t done anything wrong so I’m not worried.”He will take a second test Monday and if his hemoglobin count is within the FIS limit, he will be able to compete in the 1.2-km sprint race the following day.OBERSTDORF, Germany (Kyodo) Top Japanese Nordic combined skier Daito Takahashi said Friday he will sit out the individual event of the world championships due to a back problem. Takahashi said he felt acute pain after Thursday’s ski-jumping practice and decided to withdraw from Friday’s individual event. last_img