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Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi booted out of Olympics as doping ban is upheld

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 6:07am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 6:13am

China swimmer Chen Xinyi has been kicked out of the Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld her doping ban.

Eighteen-year-old Chen had accepted a provisional suspension pending a CAS test of her B sample, which confirmed the positive test for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.

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Diuretics are banned because they are commonly used to mask other performance-enhancing drugs.

Chen was withdrawn last weekend after a positive test following her fourth-place finish in the women’s 100m butterfly on August 7.

In her case and that of a Brazilian cyclist, CAS said “the athlete is disqualified and excluded from the Olympic Games Rio 2016”.

CAS added that it is up to the International Cycling Union (UCI) and International Swimming Federation (FINA) to decide on the athletes’ punishments following the Games.

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Earlier on Thursday, CAS said Kyrgyzstani weightlifter Izzat Artykov had been banned after testing positive for strychnine, a stimulant.

The 22-year-old, who won bronze in the under-69kg division, became the first athlete excluded from the Rio Olympics for doping.