The Olympic race of various modalities may change due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021. After questioning GloboEsporte.com, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) reported that whoever is punished for doping and has served his sentence until the qualifying period, will be able to compete in the Olympics next year.
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Rafaela Silva tries to reduce the penalty to return to compete in the beginning of 2021 – Photo: Abelardo Mendes Jr / rededoesporte.gov.br
In other words, athletes who would be suspended during this year’s Games will be able to fight again for a spot if they manage to return in time to compete in pre-Olympic competitions. In Brazilian sport, an emblematic case is that of Rafaela Silva. Suspended until August 2021, the judoka tries to shorten her sentence by six months, which would leave her able to fight for a place in Tokyo.
– The periods of ineligibility imposed by the World Anti-Doping Code are for specific periods and include all competitions that take place during that period. There is no provision in the Code for Anti-Doping Organizations to choose time periods in which the athlete would have more or less events to compete – Wada said.
Olympic and world champion, Rafaela tested positive for the substance fenoterol, which acts as a bronchodilator. The anti-doping test failed in August last year, when the Rio de Janeiro won gold – later withdrawn – in the -57kg category of the Pan American Games in Lima.
Who could also return to the Olympic race is Andressa de Morais, from athletics. Preventively suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit for testing positive for the anabolic SARM S-22 in the final release of the Lima Pan American Games disc, the athlete, who even lost the silver medal won in Peru, still does not know when you will compete again.
In cycling, Kácio Freitas is another name that may return to the Olympic scene due to the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Bronze for teams at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, he is also preventively suspended for having tested positive in the same competition and still has no forecast of returning to the tracks.