Brazilian Olympic Swimmer Busted Using Anabolic Steroids

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The Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos (CBDA), the federation that oversees the sport of swimming in Brazil, suspended an Olympic swimmer after an anti-doping urinalysis revealed evidence of anabolic steroid use. Glauber Silva tested “positive” for testosterone after failing the testosterone-epitestosterone (T:E) ratio test. Silva had qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London next month in the 100-meter butterfly competition.

The testosterone adverse analytic finding (AAF) for Silva was obtained during the Braziling Olympic Swimming Qualifying meet in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic trials were held in conjunction with the Maria Lenk Swimming Trophy Meet in May 2012. The sample was sent to a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Canada for testing on May 12, 2012.

INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier in Montreal (Canada) documented a testosterone-eptitestosterone ratio exceeding WADA’s maximum allowable limit of 4:1. Ninety-five percent of individuals have a T:E ratio that is less than 4:1 with most men having a 1:1 ratio.

Silva appealed the steroid suspension and a hearing was held on June 26, 2012. A urologist representing Silva argued that the elevated T:E ratio was the result of a “hormonal imbalance”. A doping control panel review board comprised of four doctors (Eduardo de Rose, Marcus Bernhoeft, Sandra Soldan and Claudio Cardone) and a representive for the Fédération Internationale de Natation (Giovana Moreira) were not convinced by the explanation. The panel ruled that the elevated T:E ratio was consistent with the use of prohibited anabolic steroids (specifically, testosterone).

The suspension went into effect on June 16, 2012. Silva will be banned from competition for two years following that date. Silva will obviously miss the 2012 London Olympics as a result of the steroid positive.


CBDA. (June 26, 2012). Nota à imprensa 3/2012 – Resultado analítico Adverso – Glauber Silva. Retrieved from http://www.cbda.org.br/noticias/nota-a-imprensa-32012-resultado-analitico-adverso-glauber-silva