Argentine Olympic Committee President Gerhard Werthein announced that Argentine swimmer Martin Carrizo has been removed from his nation’s Olympic roster after having failed a doping test.
According to Brazilian new site Best Swimming, Carrizo tested positively for banned substance erythropoietin (EPO) after The Maria Lenk Trophy event in Rio last April, the event which also served as the Olympic Games’ swimming test event. At that competition, Carrizo raced to a silver in the 400m freestyle in a time of 3:54.45.
Immediately following, at Argentina’s National Championships meet on May 9th, Carrizo blasted a time of 15:11.59 in the men’s 1500m freestyle event. That time came within 1.4 seconds of the national record and notched a FINA A qualifying standard for the Argentine.
In addition from losing his spot on the Olympic Games roster, Carrizo is now ineligible to compete for an Open Water Olympic berth at next week’s competition in Portugal. Carrizo is also facing a potential 4-year ban from competitive swimming.
With Carrizo now off the Argentine list, the nation will be represented by just 4 swimmers in Rio:
Santiago Grassi, 100 butterfly
Virginia Bardach, 200 and 400 medley
Federico Grabich, 50, 100 and 200 free
Martin Naidich, 1500 free