The Rio 2016 Olympics have again been stained with another doping scandal as Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a banned substance that acts as a diuretic and increases the need to urinate. The substance is banned by the World Anti-doping Agency as it masks the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). With this latest bit of doping-related news, other teams have been more suspicious that Chinese athletes are cheats and are questioning the integrity of the games.
Chen, who was still on the official start sheets for the women’s 50m freestyle, Friday, was recorded as did-not-start (DNS) in the results column. She was a no-show after she tested positive for a banned substance last August 7. The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has already confirmed that she will be suspended for the remainder of competition at the Rio Olympics. She has applied for a hearing and investigation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since the release of the results of her drug test.
The Chinese contingent also released a statement emphasizing their disapproval of the use of PEDs.
“The Chinese Swimming Association resolutely opposes the use of banned substances, will actively cooperate with the investigation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and respect its final ruling,” an unnamed Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) official said.
The swimmer had already finished fourth in the women’s 100m butterfly and was strongly considered to be part of the Chinese team to compete in the women’s 4x100m individual medley event.
While other people think Chinese athletes are cheats, other countries are also starting to make themselves known in the Olympics doping scandal world. Two other Olympians were also banned from the games, for failing to pass similar drug tests. Polish weightlifter Tomasz Zielinski was declared ineligible to compete by the CAS, after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Bulgarian and 3000m steeplechase, Silvia Danekova was also banned for the remained of the games after testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO)-a hormone that is believed to increase the endurance of athletes.
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