One of Brazil‘s premier female swimmers, Etiene Medeiros, has been deemed innocent despite registering a positive result for a banned substance earlier this month.
About two weeks ago, Brazil‘s swimming federation confirmed Medeiros’ failed doping test for an asthma medication that she had not gotten a TUE (Therapeutic-Use-Exemption) for. It looked as though she would be suspended from the sport and could possibly have been out of Rio for having the banned substance in her body without having a TUE to justify its presence.
That’s not the case, however, as Brazil‘s court of sports justice (STJD) has cleared Medeiros of her violation.
According to Brazilian news outlet Globo.com, the STJD has deemed the 50 back SCM world record holder as innocent. Medeiros’ lawyer did not comment on the fact that the Rio anti-doping laboratory just had its accreditation revoked by the WADA, and whether or not that was used in her defense.
The STJD, through a rough translation, “unanimously decided that no fault or negligence could be attributed to the athlete, thus declaring her innocent,” after examining her case. It is unclear the reasoning behind this. It would seem that, considering the current circumstances, Medeiros will be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The WADA can still appeal to the CAS to extend the case.