Roland Schoeman Tests Positive, Banned One Year By FINA

39-year-old South African Olympian Roland Schoeman has been banned for one year after reportedly having tested positive for a banned substance. We have requested the full FINA Doping Panel decision from FINA, and as of publishing it has not been provided.

Per the FINA ruling, Schoeman tested positive for banned substance GW501516 in May of 2019, a drug obtained on the black market and considered to be a cancer risk. The World Anti-Doping Agency categorizes GW501516 as a ‘hormone and metabolic modulator’, alerting athletes in 2013 that the substance failed medical trials and was a toxic threat to health if used as a performance enhancer. (Washington Post)

We have reached out to Schoeman for comment on this ban, which expires on May 17th, 2020. With the one-year ban having been backdated to the date of his test there is still a chance the veteran could compete in Tokyo as he will be eligible before the Games begin.

As we reported previously, the official Olympic selection policy of South Africa has not been revealed as of yet. An official document does not appear on the organization’s website, nor among those sporting federation selection policies published on the SASCOC site.

Schoeman was a member of the South African Olympic team for four straight Games from 2000 to 2012. In 2004, he led off his country’s 4×100 free relay in 48.17 as they clocked gold ahead of the Netherlands as well as the USA in a world record time of 3:13.17. Individually, Schoeman was the 2005 World Champion in the 50 free and the 2002 Commonwealth Games Champion in the 50 free.

He’s the South African record holder in the 50 free in both long and short course meters.

Schoeman was entered in the FINA Swimming World Cup stop in Tokyo, which took place in August of last year, but he was a no-show for all 3 of his races. He did race at 4 meets in Europe in June: the Sette Colli Trophy and all 3 stops of the Mare Nostrum series. At the most recent meet, Sette Colli, he swam 22.7 in the 50 free, 49.9 in the 100 free, and 23.8 in the 50 fly.

Last year racing at Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco, Schoeman told SwimSwam, “The goal for me is to make the Olympic team next year.

“It’s about learning to do what nobody else has done before.”

You can read the full FINA statement here and below:

On 18 May 2019, FINA conducted an out-of-competition doping control test on the swimmer Roland Schoeman (RSA). The athlete was tested positive to the substance GW501516 (Class S.4 Hormone and Metabolic Modulators). 

According to the decision of the FINA Doping Panel, Mr. Roland Schoeman has been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation under FINA DC Rule 2.1 – presence of prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample. He has been sanctioned with a twelve (12) months’ ineligibility period commencing on 18 May 2019, a date fixed by the Panel pursuant to FINA DC 10.11.1, and ending at the conclusion of 17 May 2020, for his first anti-doping rule violation.

 

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hzmusicstand
1 year ago

))): i genuinely hope it was some sort of mistake or mix up because Roland Schoeman is an athlete I have looked up to for years

Hey I’m here
Reply to  hzmusicstand
1 year ago

Did you hear about his friend Joe?

25BACKSTROKE
Reply to  Hey I’m here
1 year ago

Joe Mama

Hey I’m here
Reply to  25BACKSTROKE
1 year ago

Nice

Yup
1 year ago

unsurprising

Hey I’m here
1 year ago

So is this permanent or only 4 the olympics in 2024?

John
Reply to  Hey I’m here
1 year ago

Did you read the article? He’s likely eligible for the Olympics as it’s a 12-month ban

hzmusicstand
Reply to  John
1 year ago

in 2016 however, south african olympic trials were held in April, so if that same standard followed, he would not be eligible

John
Reply to  hzmusicstand
1 year ago

As stated in the article the South African Olympic qualifying process has not been publicized. Very likely smaller countries such as South Africa will consider performances done outside of trials with a competitive window. Remains to be seen

Hey I’m here
Reply to  John
1 year ago

Thank you! I did not read! Good luck Ronald with you’re ban!

Coach John
Reply to  Hey I’m here
1 year ago

weird flex

Marmot
Reply to  Coach John
1 year ago

Great. The children are posting on SwimSwam now too.

Clean Juice
Reply to  Hey I’m here
1 year ago

At 39 one needs a little go-juice to kick start a comeback.

Vic
Reply to  Clean Juice
1 year ago

Just getting caught now.

hzmusicstand
1 year ago

it seems like doping is becoming an increasing issue in the sport as of late. Conor Dwyer, Shayna Jack, now Roland Schoeman

mickeymouse
Reply to  hzmusicstand
1 year ago

It’s also very possible that this is just a result of improved testing technologies.

Devin
Reply to  hzmusicstand
1 year ago

I think testing is just becoming more advanced. Doping has been a major issue for a long time, athletes are just actively beating tests

Superfan
Reply to  hzmusicstand
1 year ago

Or more being caught due to the science of the testing?

Beverly Drangus
Reply to  hzmusicstand
1 year ago

Only evidence that getting caught for doping is increasing.

hzmusicstand
Reply to  Beverly Drangus
1 year ago

People being caught for doping is a very good thing, just makes the world a darker place when it’s people we look up to

Dbswims
1 year ago

Atleast he’ll still be able to make the olympcs. Iwhen is the south african trials (if any)?

TheSwimsuitGuy
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Why would you want him to? He’s been taking a banned substance?

Anonymous
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

4th -9th of April

Gloom
1 year ago

How disappointing and hoping there is an error. If I am not mistaken, Roland is very outspoken when it comes to doping in sport and swimming.

Troyy
Reply to  Gloom
1 year ago

Which just goes to show you that you should take any athlete’s public stance on doping with a grain of salt.

anonymous
1 year ago

Should be a lifetime ban. Maybe he will retire.

Zoni
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

I think we’re forgetting his 20+ years of swimming with zero positive tests. Maybe we should await the facts of the trial before throwing out any more judgements

Ragnar
Reply to  Zoni
1 year ago

Plus no other sport has life time bans for 1st offense. A zero-tolerance rule is the only way to scare people, it does a great job in the military “weeding” out the riff-raff. But seriously then you’d have to have banned Phelps for weed, since it’s also “illegal in sports”. Lifetime in sports for a first offense is overkill, it’s not that serious. A year for first offense and perhaps a revisit of prior samples is enough

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

Weed is not banned out of competition, which is when he was photographed smoking it. Phelps was suspended for a conduct violation, not a doping violation.

Bignowhere
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Gary Hall got a suspension for weed didn’t he? Back in 98 or so?

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  Bignowhere
1 year ago

Yes. But that was in competition.

Anonymous
Reply to  Zoni
1 year ago

I’m not. The only way to crack down on doping is harsh consequences. 1 strike and your out. Anything less is an insult to athletes playing by the rule. Also, as an athlete you should always know EXACTLY what is going in your body. Mistake or not he messed up.

Swimmer
1 year ago

How do they decide the ban lengths? It seems to be totally random between 1 and 4 years as far as I can see, with no real justification?

moddiddle
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

I too had this question: it seems that these bans always appear to end right before the olympics begin

PSR
Reply to  moddiddle
1 year ago

Except Sharna Jack who looks like will get 4 years people are saying .i know it’s a different substance . How was Roland’s resolved so quickly and conveniently for him ?

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  PSR
1 year ago

Different bodies of appeal is the primary reason. ASADA works much slower than FINA. Not sure why that case has taken so long.

Troyy
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

I’m thinking it’s intentionally long in order to avoid controversy at the worst possible time leading into an Olympics.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Or maybe the readings are very low eg Kira Or they have not got enough scientific backing for their case eg hoping to prove injection .. . Or maybe waiting for some of the AFL cases still in the courts or maybe infightong like the Thorpe case .

On top of this there is political malfeasance in Canberra over sport funding with a cool $250 million boondoggie. . . Nothing sport related coming from Canberra can be trusted .at this time . I have no confidence some Minister is not on the phine demanding a verdict either way . .

Zoni
Reply to  PSR
1 year ago

Perhaps because he didn’t knowingly take this substance

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