Australian Olympic gold medalist Kylie Palmer has received notification from Federation International de Nation (FINA) for alleged drug violations from 2013.
Last night Federation International De Nation (FINA) revealed they had issued Palmer with a violation of prohibited substance use, believed to be a diuretic, in April this year.
FINA had reportedly dropped the allegations regarding this issue that dated back to Palmer’s results at the world titles in Barcelona on July 31 2013, which returned a low-level reading.
FINA reviewed the results of Palmer and further tested her 24 hours after the first test and again in December of that same year. The results returned as negative, which meant FINA had made the decision to dismiss the issue.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) then appealed to the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Switzerland.
Richard Ings, the former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) boss, stated that if an athlete failed to pass a drug test, the authorities must follow protocol which is to notify relevant sporting bodies such as WADA and the anti-doping agencies in that athlete’s home country.
“Whether it’s FINA or the lab or WADA, this matter appears to have fallen through the cracks,” he said.
In January 2014, Palmer was cleared by FINA and its governing body but due to WADA’s input, the investigation will re-open after a 20-month delay.
“Asking any athlete two years down the track to go back to remember and reconstruct what they did to trigger a positive test is both extremely difficult and unfair,” said Mr Ings.
Palmer gave a statement proving how the substance was found in her system, which was released by Swimming Australia on Thursday night.
The 25-year-old maintains she has no knowledge of how the substance was in her system and “categorically denies knowingly taking any prohibited substance in Barcelona in July 2013 or at any time in her career”.
The delayed reactions from WADA towards Palmer’s case is considered bizarre but Swimming Australia are reassuring the public that she will have a fair trial, and they will support both Kylie and her family the whole way through this process. – Ellen Conroy.
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