Twenty-three Chinese swimmers who tested positive were able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics

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(Reuters) – – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed on Saturday that 23 Chinese swimmers tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but agreed to let them compete, accepting their argument contamination.

Several news articles have reported that the swimmers in question tested positive for trimetazidine (TMZ), a substance found in heart disease medications, several months before the Tokyo Olympics which took place in July 2021.

The Chinese National Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) and the Chinese Swimming Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

WADA indicates that it was notified by CHINADA of its decision to let the swimmers participate in the Olympics.

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WADA, which has the power to go against the decisions of national agencies, said it studied the decision and consulted scientific experts to prove the contamination theory.

“WADA ultimately concluded that it was not in a position to exclude the possibility that the source of the contamination was TMZ,” the international organization said.

“WADA also concluded that the athletes would not be considered guilty of fault or negligence. As such, and based on the advice of external counsel, WADA considered that a appeal was not justified.”

The delegation of 30 Chinese swimmers won six medals at the Olympic Games, including three gold medals.

World Aquatics, the international swimming federation, said it had confidence in the checks carried out by WADA.

(Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bangalore; French version Zhifan Liu)


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