LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 6. AS Swimming World reported two days ago, FINA has confirmed officially that is has appealed Brazil's decision not to suspend Cesar Cielo, Henrique Barbosa, Nicholas Santos and Vinicius Waked for positive doping tests for the masking agent furosemide.
The appeal will take place before the court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and the CAS Panel will have the final say on whether any further punishment will occur other than the loss of times from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet where the four tested positive.
FINA hopes that this arbitration can take place "within the shortest possible time," and has proposed to CAS and Brazil to expedite the proceedings. The question remains whether the arbitration can occur soon enough to make any impact on the World Championships, unless CAS decides to implement a provisional suspension for Cielo in lieu of a final decision.
As a quick refresher, Cielo, Santos, Barbosa and Waked all tested positive furosemide at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet in June. Brazil elected to only give the four warnings, the lowest punishment allowed by the FINA rule DC 10.4 regarding tests of this sort, since the four claimed it came from a contaminated supplement.
Brazil did, however, strip the four of their times from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet, which led to Barbosa and Santos being pulled from Brazil's World Championships roster. Cielo had already previously qualified for the team, and Waked had not.