FINA Marks Xinyi Chen Ineligible for Two Years After Rio Doping Violation

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China’s Xinyi Chen made headlines during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics when she tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide.

While Chen was tested before the start of competition, she swam in finals of the women’s 100 fly without knowing the results of her drug test. Her fourth place finish was later stripped from her and China launched an investigation into her positive test.

After several months of deliberation FINA, the swimming’s governing body, has marked Chen ineligible for competition for two years. The two year period began on August 11, 2016 and will conclude August 10, 2018.

Read the full press release from FINA below:

On 8 August 2016, the International Olympic Committee conducted a doping control test during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the swimmer Xinyi Chen (CHN). The athlete was tested positive to the substance Hydrochlorothiazide (Class S5 of the WADA Prohibited List 2016, Diuretics and Masking Agents).

The FINA Doping Panel decided according to the FINA DC Rule DC 10.2.2 to impose on the athlete a period of two years’ ineligibility, starting on 11 August 2016 and ending on 10 August 2018 for her first anti-doping rule violation.

Furthermore, the FINA Doping Panel acknowledged the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Panel decision regarding the disqualification of the athlete’s results at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Press release courtesy of FINA. 


  1. Pablo Valedon

    So freakin annoying how prevalent doping is in all sports. So shameful.
    Any athlete willing to cheat another by doping is a real sad human being.
    Don’t trust any sporting result until I hear otherwise.

    • Thomas Inwood

      USA swimmers don’t dope. Just don’t trust the eastern bloc countries and China …. cheaters to the core

  2. Gavin Lessing-Caller

    Make it 4-8 years and it would be a deterrent
    2 years means she will be eligible for the Tokyo Olympics

  3. Thomas Inwood

    It’s not prevalent in all sports – it’s prevalent in many countries . Like china and Russia and their ilk. I agree with 6 or 8 years. The penalty should be extremely harsh.

  4. Bob Baker