Brazil Runs Russia Close On Doping Count As Joao Gomes Protests His Innocence

Brazil is running Russia close on the number of positive tests in swimming in the past five years since Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games; the list in full; Joao Gomes protests his innocence after an adverse analytical finding was returned from the World Short-Course Championships last month

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Brazil is running Russia close on the number of positive tests in swimming in the past five years since Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games; the list in full; Joao Gomes protests his innocence after an adverse analytical finding was returned from the World Short-Course Championships last month

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Cayley Guimarães

I don´t understand a point: is CBDA (the Brazilian swimming federation) responsible for the out-of-competition testing?

I was under the impression that FINA conducted those.

Craig Lord

Cayley: FINA – through IDTM – takes on out-of-competition testing but national anti-doping agencies may also test their athletes out of competition and national federations can also request that out-of-competition testing is done on their behalf. It is one of the main complaints of swimmers from some of the leading nations: they get tested by FINA and by home agents many times a year, while some athletes face 1 or max 2 out-of-comp tests a year (and on past form those tests have generally been conducted at about the same time of year, year after year). Far from ideal.

Cayley Guimarães

Thank you Craig.

beachmouse

It’s somewhat common for flagship sports programs in middle income countries to say that, yes, we would like to drug test as much as the rich countries do, but we don’t have the budget to do so.

DDias

Craig,
if FINA/WADA does some test in some brazilian manipulation pharmacies(there are over 5800 of them in Brazil), they would issue a permaban for any swimmer doing a remedy.Let s say the state of cleanliness is not their strenght.And many times, is not the pharmacist doing the prescription, but a trainee(helps to lower the costs).Of course, if you ask them, they will deny till death, but… compare with a pizzeria:sometimes there is a sausage in your margherita.

Craig Lord

Quite, DDias – every reason for swimmers and programs not to touch such things without prior testing and agreement of official sports medical authority; and given that they all know (or should know) the rules and their responsibilities, contamination as an explanation is wearing seriously thin as an excuse.

MPalota

Craig, while the contamination excuse is wearing thin, it is a real issue, especially in places like Brazil.

To very clear, I’m not – at all – suggesting that it isn’t used as an excuse to cover some (much?) nefarious behaviour but avoiding tainted food, let alone supplements, in places like the Far East, Africa and South America is dammably difficult. It really does require a degree of planning – and money – that is not needed in western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Again, I’m not making excuses, rather I’m stating a fact.

Craig Lord

I accept the reality of local difficulties, MPalota, and agree with you. That stretches to young folk and parents who simply don’t know, regardless of financial and social situation: ridiculous to ban an 11-12 years old for a cough medicine you can buy in the local chemist when clearly there is an issue of awareness and no intention to cheat. But as you suggest, far more difficult to take such ‘mistakes’ at face value when the swimmer is vastly experienced and surrounded by vast amounts of money and support and world-class this, that and the other … and beyond the issue of a failed test the kind of people who would have us all believe they are ultimate professionals ahead of the curve on knowledge and much else.
I’d add this: when a similar pattern emerges in a fairly tight community of people, then it may also lead us to conclude that they are either negligent or deliberately out to cause obfuscation – and in either scenario the federation is far from blameless.

Michele Verroken

Craig- you are right to point out the issue of competition testing returning these results. The nonsense of different prohibited lists in and out of competition; the suggestion that out of competition testing prevents doping in competition is just not supported by unequivocal evidence, adding to the confusion about effective anti-doping.

The impact of doping on performance is the fundamental issue, no matter when a prohibited substance is taken. Sadly athletes are still vulnerable to contaminated supplements; again more confusion.
Why is the anti-doping movement not lobbying for regulation of this industry?

Craig Lord

Good question Michele – I will ask…

Torchbearer

There will be enormous pressure in the local athletes to do well in RIo- they need to get on top of this ASAP.

Rafael

Craig, this is in portuguese (From Pussieldi) But I think this will fit well in this situation

http://www.bestswimming.com.br/2015/01/25/nova-entidade-quer-ter-brasil-100-limpo-no-rio-2016/

A new doping control lab is under construction on Brazil ( To test more than 2500 athletes ) and the objecitve is that all Brazilian athletes on Rio are clean..

Craig Lord

Obrigado Rafael – adicionei uma nota aqui: http://www.swimvortex.com/french-swimming-postpones-relationship-with-new-director-until-valentines-day/

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