A 13-year-old Brazilian swimmer was suspended 4 months today after failing a drug test at a meet last November.
The swimmer, whose name and club will not be disclosed under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) policies concerning minors, was drug tested after the Brazilian Children’s Championships (Campeonato Brasileiro Infantil de natação, translated literally as Infants or Kids Brazilian Swimming Championships) last November. The test revealed a banned substance, Methylhexaneamine, a fatigue-delaying compound found in the now illegal supplement Jack3d.
According to Brazil’s Blog do Coach, the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Federation met Thursday for a doping panel in Rio de Janeiro, handing down the sentence there. The Federation is unable to comment on the suspension because it involves a minor, per WADA rules.
The 13-year-old becomes the youngest Brazilian athlete ever to test positive for banned substances, younger than the 14-year-old open water swimmer caught two years ago, according to Blog do Coach.
Brazil’s SporTV also noted that the swimmer listed 6 different supplements on his test form at the competition. (One interesting assertion Alex globoesporte makes in that column: that a 13-year-old already taking 6 different supplements is evidence that Brazilian sports have become too reliant and focused on supplements. You can read the entire column in its original Portuguese here.)
Methylhexaneamine, also known as dimethylamylamine, was originally patented as a nasal decongestant, but can also delay fatigue. It’s been banned by WADA since 2010. It was found in the popular supplement Jack3d, which was popular among athletes before its ingredient was added to the banned list.
SporTV reports that this makes 11 straight years that a Brazilian swimmer has tested positive for a banned substance, meaning the Federation has not had a clean year since 2003.
There is no word yet on whether points will be retallied or medals re-assigned from the youth competition.