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Tony Yoka's Appeal is Rejected, Doping Ban is Upheld By Judge

French heavyweight boxer Tony Yoka's appeal against a one-year ban for doping violations was rejected on Tuesday, denting his hopes of winning a world title.

The 26-year-old followed in the footsteps of British star Anthony Joshua by winning the Olympic super heavyweight title two years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

But he was handed a 12-month suspension last month by the French anti-doping agency for failing three times to provide necessary information on his whereabouts for out-of-competition drugs tests.

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Yoka appealed the case to the French Council of State, but the ban was upheld on Tuesday.

"The casualness of the behaviour of Mr Yoka, who as an experienced sportsman is particularly informed of the importance of doping tests couldn't be unaware from the first warning of the consequences of his carelessness, doesn't allow us to seriously consider that the one-year suspension would be disproportionate," read the judge's order.

Yoka says he is aiming to become the first Frenchman to win a world heavyweight title, a campaign he has dubbed "The Conquest" and for which he last year signed a four-year contract with French broadcaster Canal+, estimated at between 8 million and 10 million euros ($9.36 million to $11.7 million).

 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 08-15-2018

[QUOTE=The Madison;19022195]Your man is a drugs cheat.[/QUOTE] Prove it! [QUOTE=Red Skull;19022263]When did this guy get caught cheating? Wow, I feel even more bad for Joyce now who In my opinion beat Yoka in that final, probably beat Yoka when he…

Comment by DramaShow on 08-15-2018

[QUOTE=deformed tit;19022228]What drugs were involved[/QUOTE] Could be anything. He missed 3 drugs tests.

Comment by Red Skull on 08-15-2018

When did this guy get caught cheating? Wow, I feel even more bad for Joyce now who In my opinion beat Yoka in that final, probably beat Yoka when he was on something.

Comment by deformed tit on 08-15-2018

[QUOTE=The Madison;19020891]cheating piece of ****e. and hand joyce that gold medal back you robbed from him whilst youre at it.[/QUOTE] What drugs were involved

Comment by Shontae De'marc on 08-15-2018

As the saying goes, "Judge Judy and executioner" he got his just desserts

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