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Charline Van Snick puts up a complaint against Martinuzzi

1 Sep 2014 13:55

 Belga    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20120728_London_32 OS Charline Van Snick

Charline Van Snick 'is more motivated than ever and will make her return to competition on 13th September on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Zagreb, Croatia, she confirmed it on Wednesday at a press conference. The athlete, who has been suspended for one year, before charges were dropped by the Tribunal of Arbitration for Sport (TAS), said wants to have "a sports revenge".

Her lawyer, Me Flagothier, also announced that a complaint against X for sabotage and poisoning attempt had been filed by the judoka with Belgian justice. The athlete suspects a member of her entourage (it would be her former coach, Damiano Martinuzzi, even if the judoka and her entourage never mentioned his name), who knew her habits, have slipped the cocaine in the energizing powder box that she had left in the warm-up room during the world championships in Rio.

Charline Van Snick, controlled positive to cocaine during this competition was, at first suspended for two years (from October 15, 2013) by the International Judo Federation (IJF).

The Belgian athlete, bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in London 2012, is actively preparing her return on the international scene since July 22.

Charline Van Snick, now 34th on the world ranking, completed a training camp at the beginning of August in Brazil, then another in Slovenia, where she notably trained with London's - 63kg Olympic champion, the Slovenian Urska Zolnir.

Absolved of all charges of doping by the TAS, Charline Van Snick, who will celebrate her 24th anniversary on 2nd September, will be back on the tatamis in Zagreb after more than a year's absence.

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