Kwak retires to recover from doping scandal

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Kwak retires to recover from doping scandal

Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders’ Kwak Yu-hwa, who failed a doping test and received a six-game suspension from the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO), was listed as retired by her club Wednesday.

The Pink Spiders said that the decision to list Kwak as retired was done under her request, since the 21-year-old asked for time to recover from the shock of the doping scandal.

Even if Kwak is listed as retired, she can return to the court if she registers as an active player before the fourth week of the V-League. As a retired player, Kwak can also sign contracts with other clubs.

The former Korea Expressway Corporation Hi-pass Zenith player tested positive for phendimetrazine and phenmetrazine - two types of stimulants - in recent doping test. Kwak first testified she took traditional oriental medicine, but after protest from the Association of Korean Medicine, she later said that she actually took a weight-loss supplement.

Meanwhile, Suwon Kepco Vixtorm’s veteran center Ha Kyung-min was also listed as retired.

Ha, 32, recently had surgery related to complications from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the body’s connective tissue.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [joo.kyungdon@joongang.co.kr]

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