Chinese Olympic Swimmer Chen Xinyi Allegedly Tests Positive for Drugs; Placed 4th in 100 Fly

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China’s Chen Xinyi has reportedly failed a doping test. Chen finished fourth earlier in the week in the 100 fly in 56.72, just nine one-hundredths behind bronze medalist Dana Vollmer.

According to reports from The Sydney Morning Herald, the 18 year old, “was tested prior to arriving in Rio and swam without knowing the result of the alleged positive result.”

It is also being reported that after being told of the positive test she took her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to avoid a suspension.

Chen is entered to swim the 50 free during Friday afternoon’s prelims in Rio.

Previously, Chen finished sixth in the 100 fly last summer at the World Championships in Kazan, and she also won a gold medal for her prelims leg on China’s 400 medley relay at that meet. She won gold at the 2014 Asian Games in the 50 free, 100 fly and 400 free relay.

This news comes after a week already plagued by doping controversy. Russian swimmers were cleared to compete at the last minute. Yulia Efimova has been greeted by jeers and boos. Efimova, Lilly King, and Katie Meili had a tense press conference following the 100 breaststroke as King has been a vocal opponent of the inclusion of “drug cheats.”

Swimming World contacted FINA for confirmation.

Read more from The Sydney Morning Herald here.

The following is a timeline on events leading up to current chaos surrounding doping concerns at the Olympics within the sport of competitive swimming.

02 December 2014

Russian doping claims: 99% of athletes guilty, German TV alleges 

02 December 2014

Russian Doping System – Program Revealed And Athletes Confess

16 December 2014

Dick Pound Leading WADA Investigation Into Russian Doping Allegations

11 Februrary 2015

Shocking: FINA Executive Director “Did Not See” Documentary on Russia Doping Scandal

24 August 2015

IOC President: Lifetime Doping Bans “Not Possible”

01 March 2016

IOC Hands Over Olympics Anti-Doping Reins to Court of Arbitration for Sport

15 April 2016

WADA Revokes License of Moscow Antidoping Center

21 April 2016

WADA Suspends Beijing Lab’s Accreditation

04 May 2016

WADA Suspends Bloemfontein Laboratory, African Continent’s Only Anti-Doping Laboratory

17 May 2016

WADA Outlines Investigation Approach Regarding Recent Doping Allegations

15 June 2016

17 July 2016

FINA Releases Statement on “Premature Calls” to Ban Russia From the Olympics

18 July 2016

IOC and IPC Issue Statements in Response to McLaren Report

19 July 2016

IOC Takes “Provisional Measures” in Response to McLaren Report

22 July 2016

IOC Announces Second Wave of Positive Beijing and London Retests

24 July 2016

IOC Releases Conditions for Russian Participation in Rio Olympics; Avoids Full Ban

24 July 2016

World Anti-Doping Agency Blasts IOC for Russia Decision

25 July 2016

FINA Officially Pulls Yulia Efimova, Six Other Russians from Rio Games in Accordance with IOC Decision

26 July 2016

FINA President Julio Maglione Criticizes WADA

30 July 2016

IOC Creates Panel to Make Final Decision on Olympic Eligibility of Russian Athletes

02 August 2016

Suspected Russian Dopers Morozov, Lobintsev Cleared For Rio Pending IOC Review

04 August 2016

Lobintsev, Morozov Cleared For Competition At Rio Olympics By IOC and CAS

04 August 2016

CAS Rules Yuliya Efimova Not Eligible To Compete At Rio Olympics; IOC Decision Pending

05 August 2016

Multiple Reports Lead To Final Conclusion: Yuliya Efimova To Compete In Rio Olympic Games, Pending IOC Confirmation

06 August 2016

Olympic Games Begins In Rio

Swimming World put in a request to meet with Cornel Marculescu, Executive Director for FINA, to learn more about FINA’s decisions and policies going forward.

 

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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