The FINA Doping Panel delivered the findings overnight in relation to an anti-doping rule violation by Australian swimmer Kylie Palmer that occurred during the 2013 FINA World Championships held in Barcelona, Spain.
On 15 September 2015 the Panel issued Palmer with a warning and reprimand for Palmer’s first anti-doping rule violation.
The Panel determined that all competitive results achieved by Palmer on 31 July 2013 will be annulled, together with the consequences thereof (forfeiture of medals/prizes, reimbursement of prize-money).
On 31 July 2013 Palmer finished 6th in the final of the individual 200m freestyle and as such won no medals, prizes or prize-money.
Palmer voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension until the matter was determined by the FINA Doping Panel. As such she is now able to compete whenever she decides to return.
Palmer maintains that the FINA Doping Panel has not yet delivered its reasons for the decision and is conscious of the fact that the decision may be appealed.
Palmer: “I sincerely hope that this process is now over. It has been a distressing few months since I was first notified of the positive test back in April 2015.
“Since that time I made the decision to accept a provisional suspension and missed the FINA World Championships in Kazan.
“I cannot get back that opportunity to represent my country internationally but I am now looking to the future.
“I am very pleased that the decision of the Panel means that I can return to competitive swimming immediately. My number one goal is to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and I cannot wait to get back on track to achieving that dream”.