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‘I’ll be back!’ Robbie Powell vows to return to swimming after anti-doping ban

by ZwemZa on June 25th, 2020

Robbie Powell (BBC)

Irish international swimmer Robbie Powell has declared his intention to return to the sport after being handed a one-year anti-doping ban for accidental use of a banned substance.

The Athlone man used a cream called Trofodermin, an anabolic agent that contains a prohibited substance called clostebol, to treat a case of eczema on his hand last November. He then failed an out-of-competition doping test taken either a day or two later.

The branding and colour of the product is similar to that of another called Denvercort which does not contain any banned substances and which was given to him by the Irish team medic at the Youth Olympics in Argentina in 2018.

Powell accepted the violation but stated that it was not intentional.

Sport Ireland, while concerned with his inability to explain how he came to possess the Trofadermin, took the view that it “arguably lends to the credibility of the athlete’s explanation as a fabricated explanation may well have sought to explain this anomaly”.

The body ultimately declared itself satisfied with his explanation of events and a suspension that could have stretched to between two and four years was reduced to 12 months, starting from the date of the failed test.

Brendan O’Brien | Irish Examiner

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