Belgian Olympic judo bronze medalist to appeal 2-year doping suspension
Charline Van Snick, from Belgium, celebrates after defeating Maria Celia Laborde, from Cuba, at their women's -48kg bronze medal match at the World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. (AP / Felipe Dana)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:31AM EST
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Olympic judo bronze medalist Charline Van Snick says she will appeal her two-year suspension for a positive cocaine test before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Van Snick said the International Judo Federation left her no choice because she maintained her innocence and said hair tests showed the amounts found could not have impacted her performance in any way since they were "isolated and minimal."
Van Snick told RTBF network, "I want justice."
Van Snick was informed her of positive urine test around the time of the world championships in Rio de Janeiro in August, when she also won bronze in the 48-kilogram division.