Hungarian sprint canoeist Bence Horvath has been suspended for four years after returning a positive test to EPO.

Horvath was removed from the Rio 2016 Olympic team by the Hungarian Kayak Canoe Association because of an “atypical doping pattern”.

He continued racing last year, and returned the positive after an out-of-competition test on June 12.

The Hungarian National Anti-Doping Organization this week backdated the four-year ban to the date of the test.

25-year-old Horvath has also been stripped of two medals he won in events after the testing date, a World Championship silver medal from the K1 200 in Racice, and the silver medal he won, also in the K1 200, at the European Championships in Plovdiv.

As a result of Horvath’s suspension, Latvia’s Aleksejs Rumjancevs is promoted to the World Championship silver medal, and Russia’s Evgenii Lukantsov is promoted to the bronze.

Olympic gold medallist Liam Heath of Great Britain won the gold medal.

In the Europeans, Serbia’s Marko Dragosavljevic is promoted to silver, and Spain’s Carlos Garrote to the bronze.

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