23 Chinese swimmers failed drug assessments earlier than Tokyo Olympics and nonetheless competed | EUROtoday

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has confirmed that 23 Chinese swimmers examined constructive for a banned drug earlier than the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, however accepted the nation’s findings that this was as a consequence of substance contamination.

Multiple media studies mentioned the swimmers examined constructive for trimetazidine (TMZ), which is present in coronary heart remedy, months earlier than the Covid-delayed Games started in July 2021.

Wada mentioned it was notified in June 2021 of China Anti-Doping Agency’s (Chinada) resolution to simply accept that the swimmers returned opposed analytical findings (AAFs) after inadvertently being uncovered to the drug via contamination.

The world anti-doping physique, which has the authority to attraction the rulings of nationwide doping companies, mentioned it reviewed the choice and consulted scientific specialists and exterior authorized counsel to check the contamination idea offered by Chinada.

“Wada ultimately concluded that it was not in a position to disprove the possibility that contamination was the source of TMZ and it was compatible with the analytical data in the file,” the anti-doping physique mentioned in a press release.

“Wada also concluded that … the athletes would be held to have no fault or negligence. As such, and based on the advice of external counsel, Wada considered an appeal was not warranted.”

Chinada mentioned in a press release to the New York Times that its athletes had not violated any anti-doping legal guidelines and it was not obliged to publish any particulars with out the consent of the athlete. There was no response to Telegraph Sport’s request for remark.

The British three-time Olympic champion Adam Peaty was amongst these to hit out at Wada, claiming the failure to announce the findings on the time was “so disappointing”.

“Why not release this information at the time, who really benefits from the lack of transparency and secrecy?” Peaty mentioned on social media on Saturday. “What happened to strict liability? Whether someone benefits or not, surely at this scale it proves it’s systematic?

“So disappointing from Wada.”

China’s 30-member swimming workforce gained six medals on the Tokyo Games, together with three golds.