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Rafaela Silva stripped of her Panam Games medal

27 Sep 2019 10:00

 by Associated Press    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
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Brazilian Rafaela Silva was stripped of her Pan American Games gold medal on Wednesday after failing a doping test. Silva was the winner of the title of the U57kg category in Lima, the same category in which she triumphed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. She can still appeal the decision.

Organizers of the Pan Am Games said in a statement that Silva and six other athletes had failed their doping tests during the competition in August.

“We have concluded the process for seven cases which resulted in the athletes being disqualified from the Games as well as their medals and performances forfeited and removed,” organizers said. “The results management process has been lengthy as we have ensured that the athletes’ rights have been fully respected, especially in relation to confidentiality.”

The 27-year-old Silva announced last week that she tested positive for fenoterol, a drug used to treat asthma. The judoka blamed her frequent contact with a 7-month-old baby that suffers from asthma for the doping result.

The Brazilian is one of the favourites to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

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