In December 2018 the Brazilian Doping Control Authority (ABCD) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the cyclist after her sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Erythropoietin (EPO).
After notification the Athlete gave a prompt admission, waived her right for a hearing, accepted a provisional suspension and the sanction proposed by ABCD. The Brazilian Sports Justice Anti-Doping Tribunal was requested to render a decision accordingly.
The Athlete testified that the substance was purchased in a pharmacy without a prescription and used for 10 days until the sample collection. Through cycling she tried to cope with her depression after the death of her 4 year old daughter and the EPO was used in a moment of weakness.
The Panel finds that it was undisputed that the Athlete intentionally had committed an anti-doping rule violation. Prior the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had granted a reduction of 6 months due to the Athlete gave a prompt admission and cooperated with the proceedings.
Therefore the TJD-AD Panel decides on 20 November 2019 to impose a 3 year and 6 month period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the sample collection, i.e. on 18 November 2018.