André Calvelo’s Positive Test Was For Anabolic Steroid, Faces Max Four-Year Ban

News broke on Friday that a Brazilian swimmer – presumed to be one of the top-four finishers in the men’s 100 freestyle at the ongoing Olympic Trials – had tested positive for a banned substance. One day later it was learned that the swimmer was Andre Luiz Calvelo, the winner of the men’s 100 free, leaving him provisionally suspended for the remainder of the competition.

Now, further details on the positive test have been revealed by Brazilian swimming website Best Swimmingwhich you can find here.

The article says that Calvelo’s positive stems from a surprise test done by the Brazilian Doping Control Authority on March 18 at the Team Brazil Training Center, based at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Complex in Rio de Janeiro.

The substance Calvelo popped for was reportedly drostanolone propionate, an androgen and anabolic steroid primarily used as a medication to treat breast cancer patients (though it is no longer marketed). The substance, sold under various brand names including Drolban, Masteril and Masteron, has strong anti-estrogenic properties and has been popularized as a bodybuilding agent to increase muscle mass.

The expectation is that, given the properties of drostanolone propionate, Calvelo won’t have an affirmative defense for taking the steroid.

The 20-year-old faces a maximum penalty of four years.

The most well-known positive test for the drug in Brazil came from UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, one of the country’s most popular athletes, who received a one-year suspension for the steroid back in 2015.

Fellow Brazilian sprinter Gabriel Santos – who tested positive for the anabolic steroid clostebol in 2019 before being found to be without fault – was awarded a swim-off as the ninth-place finisher in the 100 free after news of Calvelo’s positive test broke. Santos posted a time of 48.49 to secure himself a spot both individually and on the 400 free relay.

However, Brazil’s Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) has issued an injunction on the selection for the time being, leaving Santos’ spot on the Olympic team up in the air.

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Sun Yangs Hammer
4 months ago

🔨 Time

Corn Pop
4 months ago

He has a psychological fear of Manboobs . Give him a TUE !

Reply to  Corn Pop
4 months ago

Ironically, abuse of something Masteron will end up giving you manboobs!

Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

“The drug has no estrogenic activity and hence has no propensity for causing gynecomastia (in males)”

4 months ago

There is absolutely no plausible “texas-tap water” or “topical cream from my brother’s towel” excuse for ingestion of this. The only way that this could have made its way into his system is by deliberate injection, plus this is a steroid that is only available through black-market production. For cases like this, it should be a lifetime ban. Hopefully, he’ll be “shamed” into retirement like Dwyer was–a case I really saw as a black eye to USA swimming.

Last edited 4 months ago by HJones
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

You underestimate their creativity. Who can come up with the cocaine kiss or the texas tapwater excuse without laughing?

Corn Pop
Reply to  Taa
4 months ago

They should wear masks!

Last edited 4 months ago by Corn Pop
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Taa
4 months ago

“Went for my Covid vaccine and — oopsies — they gave me the Drolban by mistake.”

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

That’d be the most absurd excuse ever… covid vaccines in Brasil??? LOOOL

Reply to  Olympian
4 months ago

Brazil has administered 44 million+ doses of vaccine. That’s the 5th-most of any country in the world, albeit mid-pack when scaled according to population.

Reply to  HJones
2 months ago

He acussed the blender of his girlfriend lol

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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