Chi­nese swim­mer banned two years for dop­ing

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Chi­nese swim­mer Chen Xinyi has been banned from com­pe­ti­tion for two years, the swim­ming fed­er­a­tion FINA an­nounced, af­ter she failed a dop­ing test at the Rio Olympics. The 18year-old tested pos­i­tive for hy­drochloroth­iazide, a di­uretic, on Au­gust 8, the same day she took part in the women’s 100m but­ter­fly fi­nal, fin­ish­ing fourth.

She is banned from com­pet­ing for two years, from Au­gust 11 this year to Au­gust 10, 2018, FINA said in an an­nounce­ment Satur­day. Di­uret­ics in­crease uri­na­tion rates and can be used as “mask­ing agents” to hide the pres­ence of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances that are screened for in dop­ing tests.

Chen first made head­lines when she won gold in the 100m but­ter­fly and 50m freestyle events at the 2014 Asian Games, with times that set cham­pi­onship records.

She also won gold at the 2015 World Cham­pi­onships with the Chi­nese 4x100m med­ley re­lay team.

The coun­try’s swim­mers have pre­vi­ously been em­broiled in dop­ing con­tro­versy, with ath­letes at Rio call­ing China’s star swim­mer Sun Yang a “drugs cheat”.

Sun served a three-month dop­ing ban in 2014, which was only an­nounced ret­ro­spec­tively by Chi­nese author­i­ties. In March, the Chi­nese Swim­ming Association re­vealed that six of the coun­try’s swim­mers had tested pos­i­tive for drugs in the pre­ced­ing months, in­clud­ing three for hy­drochloroth­iazide. Two of the six ath­letes re­ceived only warn­ings. — AFP

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