Yasuhiro Suzuki has apologised for putting Seiji Komatsu under "unwarranted suspicion" by tampering with his drink, which caused the latter to fail a drugs test at a national meet in September.

A probe from the Japan Canoe Federation (JCF) also found that Suzuki had made multiple attempts to sabotage several of his team mates, sometimes by stealing their equipment.

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"Instead of working hard, I committed misconduct as an athlete and, further, as a member of society," Suzuki said in a statement released by his lawyer.

Suzuki, who has been handed an eight-year suspension by the country's anti-doping agency, faces a life ban from the JCF following the incident.

Komatsu was provisionally suspended after failing a drugs test but the 25-year-old has been allowed to resume his bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after Suzuki's confession during the JCF probe.

"At first I couldn't believe this kind of thing would happen in Japan," Komatsu said, revealing he had effectively given up on his Tokyo 2020 dreams.

"Until Mr Suzuki confessed, I was in a bad mental state. I began to feel hopeless about (competing at) the Tokyo Olympics, that it was impossible."

Ishikawa prefecture police are also probing the incident following a complaint from Komatsu.

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