Kosovan Olympic judo gold medallist refused drugs test before Games

• Majlinda Kelmendi could face ban in France where incident took place in June
• Kosovan team insists the new women’s 52kg champion is clean

The Kosovan gold medallist judoka, Majlinda Kelmendi, could face a ban on competition in France after refusing an unscheduled drugs test, the International Judo Federation (IJF) has confirmed.

Kelmendi, 25, became the first Kosovan to win Olympic gold when she triumphed in the -52kg category in the Carioca arena on Sunday. But her victory could be tarnished amid claims that she had committed an anti-doping violation in France in June during her preparations for Rio.

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