Sydney - Kylie Palmer has withdrawn from Australia's team for next month's
world championships in Russia after a positive drug test, Swimming
Australia said on Thursday.
The 25-year-old, a Beijing Olympics
relay gold medallist in 2008 and a Commonwealth Games champion, has
accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive to a banned
drug almost two years ago.
Swimming's world governing body FINA
only told Palmer in April about the failed test at the 2013 world
championships in Barcelona.
Palmer said in a statement she had
been trying to investigate how the positive test arose but it was "a
task that is almost impossible given the extraordinary passage of time".
testing on the B sample provided by Palmer on July 31, 2013 also tested
positive to a minute trace of an unnamed prohibited substance. She
denied ever knowingly taking a banned substance.
World anti-doping body WADA stepped in after reviewing cases from the 2013 world championships and told FINA to investigate.
confidentiality rules set out in the FINA Doping Control regulations,
Swimming Australia was unable to provide any details on the matter at an
In a statement on behalf of Palmer, Australian
Swimmers' Association general manager Daniel Kowalski said she had no
idea how the banned substance got into her system.
categorically denies knowingly taking any prohibited substance in
Barcelona in July 2013 or at any time in her career," Kowalski said.
Palmer now faces a FINA doping tribunal at which she hopes to clear her name.
a statement FINA confirmed: "In accordance with the FINA Doping Control
Rules the matter of Ms Kylie Palmer has been forwarded to the FINA
Doping Panel for further considerations and final decision.
June 2015, Ms Palmer informed FINA that she accepted voluntary
Provisional Suspension and that she will refrain from competing pending
the final resolution of this matter."