The Chinese Taipei Committee has published a list of 11 Chinese Taipei athletes currently banned from competition for positive drug tests. Former taekwondo practitioner and current Taoyuan City Department of Sports Director Chuang Chia-chia is not on the list, but is also currently serving a ban. Chuang offered an explanation on Mar. 29, saying she has never doped, but only made an administrative mistake of failing to report her whereabouts, which resulted in the ban.
On Mar. 29, former taekwondo practitioner and current Taoyuan City Department of Sports Director Chuang Chia-chia gave a press conference to explain why she has been banned from participating in international competitions. The allegations emerged after the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee published a list of 11 Chinese Taipei athletes who are currently banned from competition for positive drug tests. Chuang is not on the list, but she wanted to clarify that she never used banned substances and never refused to take a drug test. Instead, she made the administrative mistake of failing to report and register her whereabouts. The World Anti-Doping Agency therefore banned her from competing. At one point, Chuang burst into tears because she felt wronged.
I never used banned substances, and I didn't receive any information instructing me to register my whereabouts. I don't want this to happen to our athletes.
The 29-year-old Chuang is an accomplished athlete. She won a gold medal in the women's middleweight class at the 2011 Summer Universiade, and a gold medal in the women's welterweight category at the 2015 World Championships. The last time she competed was in 2017 at the Summer Universiade. She won a silver medal in the women's welterweight category. Chuang says she feels she has been accused wrongly over this ban issue.
I was baffled when I found out about the ban from competition, and I felt that I shouldn't have to bear the responsibility for this administrative oversight.
According to Chuang, she was not notified in 2017 that she needed to register her whereabouts, resulting in the ban. She has already filed an appeal to clear her name. She says she hopes to be an excellent director of Taoyuan's Department of Sports, and she will work hard on behalf of athletes. She believes athletes don't want to use banned substances, but sometimes they may be inadvertently used due to a lack of related knowledge, so more effort can be made on this part.