ITU to investigate allegation of adverse finding in Rio for Henri Schoeman

The International Triathlon Union has launched an investigation into allegations of that Henri Schoeman's post-Rio drug test contained an "adverse analytical finding."

| January 18, 2018 | NEWS

Henri Schoeman wins the ITU WTS Grand Final in Cozumel in 2016.

Henri Schoeman wins the ITU WTS Grand Final in Cozumel in 2016.

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The ITU has released a statement with regards to "allegations involving Henri Schoeman and an adverse analytical finding that would have occurred during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games."

According to the statement, the ITU will investigate the matter and "has been in touch with the Athlete, who is fully cooperating providing information."

It would appear that the allegations have sprung up from a story that appeared on the Sputnik News website, which indicates that Schoeman tested positive for prednisolone, and outlines a series of leaked emails between IOC officials that were allegedly hacked by "the Fancy Bears hacking group." The emails outline a back and forth conversation between officials around whether or not there was a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form that would have allowed Schoeman to have prednisolone in his system. The story includes a copy of Schoeman's doping form which indicates he had taken prednisone up to July 16, 2016, which would have been a few weeks before the games.

Prednisolone is a glucocorticoid that is legal, with a TUE, if used topically to treat rashes. It's banned by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) if administered "by oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes."  

Sputnik News was set up in 2014 as part of the Russian media group Rossiya Segodnya and is based in Moscow. The story presents a very pro-Russian version of the reports of a "state-supported doping program" from 2016 that eventually led to numerous sanctions against the country over the last few years and points out that Schoeman was not sanctioned amidst the "witch hunt that left Russia banned from the Olympic Games."

The story also goes on to describe an "ongoing doping probe that has left multiple Russian athletes without the right to compete (at the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeonchang) - despite all having tested negative in the run-up to the games."

The ITU was not the "testing or results management authority for this sample" according to the statement - testing for all the samples collected in Rio fall under the IOC's authority.