Brazil Announces Suspension for World Champs Qualifier Prado; Leonardo Sumida

When the Brazilian team traveled to the FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul last week, there was one last-minute change to their roster that was probably unnoticed by most of the world, but raised red flags domestically.

That man suddenly absent was 22-year old Diego Prado, as hearings were underway in Brazil for positive doping tests for him and one other Brazilian, Leonardo Sumida, whose punishments were handed down today. (Prado was replaced by Felipe Lima, which is why the change went unnoticed, because Lima is a much better-known name, though Prado was rapidly improving). Both tests were taken at the Open Tournament in early November that served as Brazil’s final qualifying for Worlds, and both samples were sent to a Canadian lab for testing.

Prado tested positive for the banned substance stanozol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. As compared to other banned substances, which have training benefits or masking benefits, stanozol is a classic, performance-enhancing steroid. It’s ideal for increasing swimming speed as it causes strength gain without adding excess weight.

In addition to losing his results from that meet and a spot on the World Championships team, he was given a two-year ban, effective December 4th, 2012.

His best meet was the one he was tested at where he swam a 26.65 in the 50 SCM breaststroke, which would have ranked him 15th in the world this year had the time stood. That was by far the best meet of his career. He was also the third-ranked 100 SCM IM’er in Brazil this year, with a 53.47 from May.

Leonardo Sumida tested positive for marijuana. The CBDA board ruled that he did not use the substance to gain an advantage, and per FINA rules, because Sumida admitted to using the substance, he received only a 3-month ban. His ban began on December 14th, 2012.

Sumida was a backstroker with best long course times of 55.81 and 2:03.60.

That now marks  total of 11 positive tests for the Brazilians in 2011 and 2012; among those that we know about (reported to FINA, announced publicly, hearings completed, etc.) that is by far the most of any country in terms of aquatic athletes.

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A shame! In a country that is going to host the next Olympic Games!


Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Not that FINA would ever actually do anything to hold anyone accountable, but what are the criteria for a federation getting itself smacked around for excessive positive doping tests again?

We’re beyond the point of ‘at least they’re reporting everything to WADA and not covering it up’ and on to the absurd. If they weren’t hosting the Olympics in 2016 or if FINA actually had cojones, we should be talking a federation level suspension from sanctioned competition here.


Not to defend Brazil.. but if any Agency had Cojones all Us Track & Field team were to be suspendes in the past.. China Swim Squads.. 99% of All the Cycling Squads.. just to take the most recent cases..

They won´t suspend Brazil ( or any country ) because they would see fingers appointed to them because of all the past years (IOC especially) and would be put in a tight spot..


And just for the record.. who else we know was caught using marijuana and did not receive any punishment??


Marijuana is different though since it doesn’t improve performance….if you use it (or any other recreational drugs) whilst you are competing then you’re an idiot, not a cheat.

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