Oka banned for doping positive as Delko in more financial trouble

Atsushi Oka racing in the U23 World Championships for Japan in 2017
Atsushi Oka racing in the U23 World Championships for Japan in 2017 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Japanese rider Atsushi Oka, 25, has been suspended for four months by the UCI for an anti-doping control positive for acetazolamide, a banned diuretic, making more trouble for the French ProTeam Delko, who are in financial straits again less than half a year after the UCI initiated bank guarantee proceedings after riders complained of missed payments.

Acetazolamide, a drug used to treat altitude sickness, is banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency code that prohibits the use of diuretics and masking agents but is a specified substance and subject to threshold limits. The UCI rules allow for more flexibility in the length of sanctions for positives of specified substances, compared with anti-doping rule violations for non-specified substances like anabolic steroids.

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