A CHINESE Olympic swimmer is among the first reported cases of doping at the Rio games, according to a local report.
Brazilian newspaper Estadão said that 18-year-old swimmer Chen Xinyi had tested positive for drugs in a blood test taken before the Rio Olympics.
However, the newspaper claimed she was only informed of the result just days ago and has taken her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to have the result overturned.
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Chen is due to face a ruling on Thursday night, local time.
On Friday morning, she is scheduled to swim in the heats for the women’s 50-meter freestyle event.
Earlier this week, Chen finished fourth in the women’s 100-meter butterfly event, just nine one-hundredths behind U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer, who clinched the bronze medal.
Representatives from FINA, the international governing body of swimming, have so far declined to comment on the issue.
Chinese swimmers have already been put in the spotlight at this year’s Olympics when Australian swimmer Mack Horton called Chinese swimmer Sun Yang a “drug cheat” after it was recently revealed that Sun had secretly served a three-month doping ban in 2014.
Both men competed in the men’s 400-meter freestyle event, with Horton winning the gold and Sun getting silver.
Following his scathing remarks, Horton’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were inundated with furious comments from Sun’s supporters.
Besides Chen, Bulgarian runner Silvia Danekova has also tested positive in a doping test taken shortly after arriving at the Rio Olympics.