Jackson Buchman Finds Healing in Wild Waters of Appalachia

first_imgThe Long Way Back, By Jackson BuchmanHave you ever been lost in the woods? Sometimes it can take a while before you know you’re really lost. Then panic sets in when you can’t find the way out on your own.Many years ago, I was lost—not in the woods but in my own mind. I struggled with feelings of rejection and an inability to like myself. I made some bad decisions. Then, shortly after my 19th birthday, I found myself running through the woods. I wasn’t running for good health or recreation or participating in some outdoor activity. I was running for my life and scared out of my mind. Several jurisdictions of law enforcement were chasing me, including armed men, dogs, and a helicopter.I had been the subject of a sting operation in which I was set up selling guns to undercover police officers, and momentarily, I had slipped through their grasp. I remember that night clearly. After running for a long time, I had to stop for a minute and catch my breath. I remember bending over and putting my hands on my knees, looking around the woods and thinking, “What am I doing? How did I screw my life up so horribly?” I was scared. The darkness that surrounded those woods couldn’t compare to the darkness I felt inside.jackson-buckman-fly-fishingYet that moment in those woods was also the first moment of clarity I had in some time. I finally saw how out of control my life had become. Law enforcement closed in on me, and I realized that this was the end of my life as I knew it. There was no looking forward to a picnic, a visit with my family, a date with a pretty girl. There was no tomorrow.The courts sentenced me to 13 years in prison, and I spent a portion of that in a maximum security facility. While there, I met men who would never see freedom. My own cellmate had 800 years for multiple counts of murder. When you spend time in prison, it’s not uncommon to re-live every day of freedom you can remember. Often my mind returned to simpler days of camping as a young boy and exploring the woods with friends and family. I longed for the peacefulness of the outdoors. Sometimes, when allowed to go outside for recreation, I would close my eyes and imagine myself walking through the woods. I could smell the pine, hear the wind in the trees, and feel the freedom of the wild woods.If I am honest, I really grew up in prison. The lessons I learned while serving my sentence are invaluable to me today: Don’t take my freedom for granted. The world doesn’t owe me anything. And there must be a God because there is no other explanation as to why I’m still alive.On a cold snowy day in January, I was released from prison after six long years. Snow was falling as I rode toward home outside of Richmond, Va. As .flakes fell over the city, everything looked new and clean. I had so many feelings going through my head. I was frightened that I couldn’t make it in this world. Part of me felt like I didn’t belong out here. But I was relieved to finally be out of prison. My expectations weren’t high; I simply didn’t want to return to prison, and I certainly didn’t want to get lost again.The first year out was difficult. It was a struggle to overcome a prison mentality. Fortunately, in that first year, I met the woman who would become my wife. Several years later we had a son.It’s been many years since that night in the woods, but those memories keep me from ever getting lost in my life like that. I’ve spent many years volunteering to help others who are lost, worked at a local rescue mission, and went back to school to get a master’s degree.When I finally returned to the woods—without being chased this time—I was hiking a trail at Pocahontas State Park. The memories of standing in the prison yard imagining the forest returned. Just as I had done so many times in prison, I closed my eyes and smelled the pine, listened to the wind in the trees, and felt tears rolling down my face as the sense of freedom overwhelmed me.These days, I spend much of my free time camping, hiking, and fishing in the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest. About ten years ago I took up fly fishing and have become very passionate about the sport. However, the outdoors is more than a sporting excursion. For me, it’s spiritual. In difficult times, it is a place to connect with myself and with God. I usually leave the woods with a clearer vision of life than when I entered.Whether I’m wading in a trout stream or hiking to a summit, there is this freedom I feel that I can’t experience anywhere else. It is therapeutic. It has helped me heal. It has shown me the way home.last_img read more

Bob Baffert has strong hand in Breeders’ Cup Classic | Racing News

first_img“I was disappointed in his Preakness run. I think he’s a horse that’s still a little bit green and he can be tough to ride sometimes – like sending him to the Derby, he got behind there a little bit and then wouldn’t engage in it. He’ll do that. He did that at the Haskell where he was running really well – he shuts himself down.“It’s hard to get him going again and so I think he ran a good race, but the mare, she got the first move on him and he just couldn’t get by her. So he’s going to have to improve and I think he will, but he needs to be ridden aggressively away from the gate.”Luis Saez was reunited with Maximum Security last time out, having been his regular partner in finishing first past the post in last year’s Kentucky Derby, only to be disqualified for interference, and winning the Saudi Cup in Riyadh in February.Baffert, who took charge of Maximum Security following the Saudi success, said: “I think last time we were sort of chasing some speed that we knew was not really solid and I think post position and the break is going – that’ll tell the story. These riders are going to be on their own. They know their horses well.“Saez knows Maximum Security better than anybody and he told me when he rode him last time, he was chasing and struggling, and if it could have been over, we would have just taken it back a little bit.“It was a crazy pace and Improbable you know, Drayden (Van Dyke) saw what was happening, he just let them go, and then he came and got him. So I think it’s going to be these jockeys, they know their horse and they’re going to ride the way they feel, play the break.”Tiz The Law has been one of the standout three-year-olds in America this year and looked to be doing everything right under Manny Franco in the Derby, looming alongside Authentic seemingly full of running – but the Baffert runner refused to buckle.Jack Knowlton, operating manager of owners Sackatoga Stable, said of Barclay Tagg’s colt: “We’re obviously thrilled to have a horse of Tiz’s stature and accomplished what he’s accomplished. There are some other horses in there that you look, like Tom’s d’Etat, that you know are outstanding horses as well.“So I think on paper, and obviously we don’t run the races on paper, but on paper, I think it looks like a tremendous race. Given the circumstances, the pandemic and all that, for the 35 partners and Tiz the Law and Barclay Tagg and his team, it’s been a rewarding year to have the horse.“It’s been an incredible year and we’ve got one more race that we’re looking forward to.” All eyes will be on his team this year in a high-class renewal – with the betting headed by Improbable, who will be joined by Maximum Security and Authentic.Improbable lowered the colours of Maximum Security in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in September, while Kentucky Derby hero Authentic was last seen going down by a neck to top-notch filly Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness Stakes.Baffert said of Improbable, who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr: “He always showed a lot of talent as a three-year old, but, you know, he wasn’t really mentally mature, physically mature. We always refer to him as a ‘Little Justify’ because he’s a beautiful mover – (his) athleticism is just, the way he goes over the ground and his mechanics, but what a difference a year makes.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bob Baffert will play a particularly strong hand in pursuit of a fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Saturday.The Hall of Fame trainer has three victories in the $6million spectacular to his name – dominating from 2014 to 2016 with Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate.- Advertisement – “He’s just really finally put it all together and I’m just happy they kept him in training an extra year and dealing with Elliott Walden and WinStar Farm – we set up a little schedule for him and it’s worked out perfectly.”Authentic quashed any stamina concerns when digging deep to repel Belmont winner Tiz The Law in the Kentucky Derby, and while he could not quite edge past Swiss Skydiver, Baffert feels there could still be more to come from John Velazquez’s mount.He said: “He actually came out of it (Preakness) really well. He was a late foal and he would make a wonderful four-year-old, but you never know what’s going to happen.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Seoul mandates face masks as S.Korea battles spike in coronavirus

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s capital Seoul on Monday mandated the wearing of face masks in both indoor and outdoor public places for the first time, as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases centered in the densely populated city region.In May, Seoul’s government had ordered that face masks be worn on public transport and taxis, but the latest spike in cases has health officials worried that the country may need to impose its highest level of social distancing.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 266 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, a drop from the 397 new infections reported a day earlier but a continuation of more than a week of triple-digit daily increases. In Seoul, people will now be required to wear face masks in public indoor places, as well as crowded outdoor areas, except while eating or drinking, the city announced on Sunday.The national government also extended second-tier social-distancing rules which had been in place in Seoul to other areas of the country, banning in-person church meetings and closing nightclubs, buffets and cyber cafes.Officials say that South Korea is on the brink of a nationwide pandemic as the number of new cases is increasing in all 17 regions across the country.Health authorities say they are considering imposing the toughest stage 3 social-distancing rules, where schools and business are urged to close, if the spread of new cases does not slow soon.last_img read more

ABP to commit €500m to green mortgages

first_imgThe €409bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP has committed €500m to “green mortgages”, which come with a discount for energy-efficient residential property.The discount would not only apply to purchased assets with the highest energy efficiency, but also to the mortgaged property after it has been converted to meet the requirements of energy label ‘A’ during the duration of the mortgage.This way, both parties would contribute to improving the green credentials of the property market, ABP said.The pension fund added that its investment would be managed by Vista Hypotheken, a mortgage subsidiary of Rabobank focusing on consumers seeking clear and simple conditions combined with a long fixed interest period. Vista clients would be provided with easily accessible information about the options for increasing the sustainability of their property through sustainability adviser GreenHome.ABP said the investment was part of an overall commitment to allocate up to €800m in mortgages through Vista Hypotheken.Its combined worldwide holdings of residential mortgages total €9bn, €4bn which has been invested in the Netherlands.The civil service scheme said its latest commitment was part of its goal to increase the sustainability of its mortgages, and also contributed to its target of investing €58bn in total in sustainable development by 2020.Hikmet Sevdican, director of Vista, said that the energy efficiency discount made the mortgages stand out to institutional investors seeking investments focused on returns as well as sustainability.Rabobank launched Vista Hypotheken as a new brand for residential mortgages provided through intermediaries last April.ABP said that APG, its asset manager, had reserved €1bn in total for ABP and its other pension fund clients to invest in Vista Hypotheken, half of which was destined for sustainable mortgages.IPE will publish a special report on green finance in February’s issue of the magazinelast_img read more

No survivors in Clark County air crash

first_imgClark County, In. — Shortly before 11:30 a.m. today in Clark County Indiana State police say police agencies in Clark County were alerted by residents in the area of 2627 Crone Road, near Borden, of a possible plane crash in a wooded area nearby. Emergency Responders arrived at the rural wooded area to find a debris field from the reported crash.After it was determined there were no survivors at the crash site it was secured by police officers. It will remain secured until the National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB), and Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA), arrive to assume the lead role in the crash investigation.The Clark County Airport located in Sellersburg, IN, confirmed a flight left their airport at 11:24 am, enroute to Chicago, IL, with allegedly three people aboard the flight, (including the pilot).The information contained in this news release is all that can be released by this agency. All other information will have to be released by the NTSB or the FAA.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 16

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 509; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 506; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482; 4. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 469; 5. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 446; 6. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 437; 7. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 385; 8. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 375; 9. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 372; 10. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., and Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., both 369; 12. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 350; 13. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 344; 14. Michael Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 306; 15. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 305; 16. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz., 259; 17. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 243; 18. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D., 239; 19. Zachary Ma­drid, Phoenix, Ariz., 212; 20. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 211.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 114; 2. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, Tim Crawley, Benton, Ark., and Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, each 112; 5. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 93; 6. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 92; 7. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 90; 8. John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas, 80; 9. John Ricketts, Bur­leson, Texas, and Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., both 77; 11. Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas, 76; 12. Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo., 74; 13. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 73; 14. Joshua Haw­kins, Whitehouse, Texas, and Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, both 72; 16. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 67; 17. C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas, and Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., both 66; 19. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, and Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, both 62.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 274; 2. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 267; 3. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 262; 4. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 257; 5. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 225; 6. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, and Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., both 224; 8. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 216; 9. Matt Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., 211; 10. Mark Ma­drid, Phoenix, Ariz., 210; 11. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, and Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, both 194; 13. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 192; 14. Thomas Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 191; 15. Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis., 190; 16. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 187; 17. Steven Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 183; 18. Andy Altenburg, Truman, Minn., 179; 19. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 173; 20. Joey Essary, Yuma, Ariz., 168.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 324; 2. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 249; 3. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 234; 4. Bob Horton, Yuma, Ariz., 216; 5. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 215; 6. Aaron Norman, Carlsbad, N.M., 214; 7. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 198; 8. Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., and Scott Shaw, Red Deer, Alb., both 187; 10. Jay Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., 186; 11. Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 181; 12. Paul O’Connor, Sur­prise, Ariz., 168; 13. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 146; 14. Mark Kilian, Buckeye, Ariz., 142; 15. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 106; 16. Trynton Setelin, Phoenix, Ariz., 99; 17. Chuck Thornton, Phoenix, Ariz., 93; 18. Wayne Dunsworth, Mesa, Ariz., 91; 19. Adam Armstrong, Be­atrice, Neb., 80; 20. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 78.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 339; 2. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 326; 3. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 271; 4. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 267; 5. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 257; 6. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 240; 7. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., 225; 8. Tim Reese, Yuma, Ariz., 222; 9. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 218; 10. Eric Winemil­ler, Casa Grande, Ariz., 211; 11. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 203; 12. Allen Kelley, Kearny, Ariz., 189; 13. Erik Shaw, Casa Grande, Ariz., 188; 14. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 187; 15. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 184; 16. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 179; 17. Thomas Harrison, Somerton, Ariz., 177; 18. Adam Echter, Glendale, Ariz., 166; 19. Levi Kiefer, Bakersfield, Calif., 156; 20. Ty Weidner, Chandler, Ariz., 154.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 262; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 254; 3. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 168; 4. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 144; 5. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 141; 6. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 134; 7. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 111; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 100; 9. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 89; 10. Dakota Moore, Blair, Okla., 84; 11. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 83; 12. Bradley Poor, Abilene, Texas, 79; 13. Dustin Sprouse, Crandall, Texas, 74; 14. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 71; 15. Randall Zilka, Alvarado, Texas, and Kamera Kait­lin McDonald, Keller, Texas, both 69; 17. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, and James McCreery, Cedar Hill, Texas, both 67; 19. Terry Owen, Merkel, Texas, 66; 20. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 65.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice , Neb., and Brandon Segura, Weather­ford, Texas, both 40; 3. Daniel Cunningham, Azle, Texas, 39; 4. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb., 38; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 37; 6. Denny Berghahn Jr., Plattsmouth, Neb., and Charles Burk, Azle, Texas, both 35; 8. Larry Cronin, Lincoln, Neb., 34; 9. Cole Krichau, Lincoln, Neb., and James Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, both 33; 11. Charles Burrows, Azle, Texas, 32; 12. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., and Jeff Toler, Cleburne, Texas, both 31; 14. David Norquest, York, Neb., and Ricky Hentschel, Springtown, Texas, both 30; 16. R.J. Maas, Wilber, Neb., and Danny Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, both 29; 18. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 28; 19. Ryan Smith, Beatrice, Neb., 27; 20. Nick Lindblad, Beatrice, Neb., 26.last_img read more

Hazard dreaming of title

first_img Press Association Eden Hazard dreams of Chelsea winning the Barclays Premier League this season. The 23-year-old paid tribute to them and, in particular, to Frank Lampard, who passed on penalty-taking duties to allow the forward to net his third. Hazard, whose most recent hat-trick was in May 2012 in his last game for previous club Lille, added: “It’s a good present. Without the team I’m nothing. “I just want to say thank you. Thank you, Lamps, for the penalty, because normally it’s for him. “I just said ‘if you want it, take it, I don’t care’. He said ‘no, no’. “(It is) my first hat-trick in the Premier League. I hope I can do the same another day. I work for that.” Hazard is realising the potential which he demonstrated last season, his first in the Premier League. He added: “I work every day. I feel good on the pitch. I have experience now, because last season was my first. “I try every game to make the difference for the team. It was another good day for me.” It was another challenging day for Newcastle, who have four points from the last seven games. The defeat was the second successive 3-0 defeat following the derby loss to Sunderland and defender Steven Taylor hopes for a response against Tottenham on Wednesday. “We’ve just got to keep building,” Taylor said. “Wednesday is a massive night at St James’ Park and for us hopefully we can get three points if we take the game to Tottenham and attack.” Taylor vowed that the players would remain united after the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain and Joe Kinnear’s resignation as director of football. He said: “It’s just the media and speculation and what everybody wants to write about that is causing a few things. “They can say what they want but the players and the coaching staff are just going to stick together because we are in it together.” The Belgian’s hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle saw the Blues capitalise on Arsenal and Manchester City dropping points to take pole position with 13 games remaining. Jose Mourinho continues to play down the Blues’ title chances, but Hazard is optimistic of success. Hazard told Chelsea TV: “Top of the league. I go in my bed, I dream. I hope at the end of the season it will be the same. “It’s a pleasure to play for this team and to work for that.” It was another impressive performance from Hazard, who has attracted plaudits from all-comers this season and now has 14 goals, 12 of them in the Premier League. He netted two goals in eight first-half minutes, as well as a second-half penalty, and Mourinho does not understand why the Belgian has been overlooked for individual awards this season. “Our league is phenomenal and it is better than ever, but our league must be full of unbelievable players because this kid not one single award,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “The difference between (Newcastle) and Hull or Southampton or Man City, the difference was the goals he scored. “The way he plays is exactly the same. The kid is playing fantastic.” Hazard collected the match ball, which his team-mates signed. last_img read more

FBI offers $10K reward in case of missing mother Leila Cavett

first_imgIt has now been nearly one month since 21-year-old mother Leila Cavett of Georgia has gone missing in Broward County.The FBI has stepped in to investigate the strange case and they are now offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information relating to Cavett’s whereabouts.Cavett’s 2-year-old son was found wandering alone barefoot in an apartment complex in Miramar.An arrest was made Sunday in the case of 21-year-old mother Leila Cavett of Georgia, who vanished in Broward County around July 25.However, the missing mother has still not been located.On top of offering a reward, the FBI released a new video showing Cavett’s movements at a RaceTrac gas station in Hollywood, Fla., on the afternoon of July 25.“The FBI is actively seeking information relating to the whereabouts of Leila Cavett,” said George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “We are still relentlessly investigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, may be important to finding Leila. We thank those who have already provided information and urge other members of our community to come forward.”The public should call FBI Miami at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to fbi.gov/tips if they have any information on the whereabouts of the missing mother.last_img read more

I think Mahendra Singh Dhoni is past his best: Roger Binny

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former India cricketer and selector Roger Binny feels wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is past his prime now and that is evident from the way he has been playing cricket in the last two seasons. Dhoni last played for Team India in the semifinal of the 2019 ICC World Cup in Manchester where they sufferred a heartbreaking 18-run defeat against New Zealand.”He (MS Dhoni) has lost a bit of fitness. There are younger players coming through the system. He was good enough to pass on the gloves to the younger players which is good of him but yeah, I think he is past his best,” Binny said during an interaction on Sportskeeda’s Facebook page. “Seeing him the last couple of seasons, he is easily past his best cricket which he has played, which we have seen him capable of doing,” he added. Dhoni was gearing up to take part in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League in March, knowing a good performance in the cash-rich league for Chennai Super Kings could help him seal a place in the squad for T20 World Cup Down Under. IANS Also watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Other Sports Japan swimmer Fujimori suspended after failed drug test

first_imgTokyo: Japanese Olympic swimmer Hiromasa Fujimori has been temporarily suspended after failing a drugs test, the national swim federation said Friday. The 27-year-old, who placed fourth behind Michael Phelps and countryman Kosuke Hagino in the 200 metres individual medley at the 2016 Rio Olympics, tested positive for the banned stimulant ephedrine at last December’s short course world championships in China, according to Japan officials.Fujimori, a former Asian Games silver medallist, will now miss next month’s national championships, which serve as qualifiers for the world championships in South Korea this summer. A formal hearing by swimming’s governing body FINA will determine the length of ban Fujimori will receive after both his ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples tested positive. He becomes the second high-profile Japanese swimmer to fail a doping test in the past year after former backstroke world champion Junya Koga. Koga, who won a world title in 2009, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport last November over his four-year ban after traces of illegal muscle-building substances were found in his system, claiming he took the substances unknowingly as part of a diet of supplements. Fujimori has also protested his innocence.”I did not purposely take the banned substances detected in my urine sample,” he said in a statement released by the Japan Swimming Federation.”Frankly speaking, I am shocked at these test results. I don’t take medicine or supplements.”Asian swimming has come under the microscope recently after China’s three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang was accused of smashing a blood vial with a hammer during an out-of-competition doping test. The giant swimmer served a three-month ban in 2014 for taking medicine prescribed for a heart condition, but Australian rival Mack Horton has repeatedly labelled Sun a “cheat” since notably after robbing the Chinese of his Olympic 400m freestyle title in Rio. Incidents of doping are relatively rare in Japan, although two cases last year caused embarrassment as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In January, Japan’s anti-doping body suspended top canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki for eight years after he spiked a rival’s drink with a banned substance to improve his own chances of selection for the Tokyo Olympics. A month later, short-track speed skater Kei Saito was booted out of the Pyeongchang Olympics after testing positive for acetazolamide, a banned diuretic which is considered a masking agent.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more