The ITU initiates an investigation into the possible doping of Henry Schoeman

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The South African has tested positive for prednisolone in a control of the Rio Olympic Games.

The Reuters news agency published a press release on Thursday, saying that the International Triathlon Federation (ITU) has launched an investigation into accusations that the bronze medalist at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Henri Schoeman, did not pass an anti-doping control in the Rio Games in 2016.

“The ITU has been informed of the allegations involving Henri Schoeman and the adverse analytical result for prednisolone that reportedly occurred during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.” Prednisolone is a prohibited substance that enhances the level of glucocorticoids. The ITU has promptly launched an investigation into the matter. He has been in contact with the athlete, who is cooperating fully by providing information."

Schoeman, from 26 years, finished third in Rio behind British brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. The South African said later that he had been ill before the race. His bronze was South Africa's first medal in the sport since he appeared at the Games at 2000. Schoeman also won a silver medal in the mixed relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and gold at the ITU 2016 Grand Final.

The athlete, had already reported the use of this substance in a control performed the July 17, although he did not have a medical exemption permit for the Olympic Games

Photos: 2016 Rio Olympics - Triathlon - Men's Victory Ceremony - Fort Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18 / 08 / 2016. Henri Schoeman (RSA) of South Africa poses with his medal. REUTERS / Damir Sagolj

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