Seoul: South Korean pole vaulter Lim Eun-ji has been banned for three months after she failed a doping test, local media reported.
The 21-year-old tested positive for the banned substances hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide and her participation in November`s Asian Games now hangs in the balance.
Lim`s agency told Reuters they were unsure whether the national record holder would be able to compete in Guangzhou as there was limited time after the end of her suspension.
She denied knowingly taking the substances, claiming they were ingredients in a herbal medicine she took to treat an ankle injury, according to South Korea`s Yonhap news.
The Korea Anti-Doping Agency countered that there was insufficient evidence to support Lim`s claim that the medication was solely for treating her injury.
Lim, a strong medal contender for the Asian Games, will now be ineligible for a training camp at the end of this month. The Games begin on Nov. 12.
Hydrochlorothiazide, often used in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure, removes excess fluid from the body and reduces urine output.