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Two-time triathlon Olympian Mariana Ohata of Brazil was banned for six years from entering or participating in any ITU triathlon event after she committed an anti-doping rule violation, the ITU announced on October 7. This is Ohata’s second violation, her first was instated back in 2002 when she was banned for 60 weeks from competition.
The ban began on October 2, and was the result of an adverse finding of furosemide, a highly potent diuretic used as a masking agent that is listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list. After the initial testing of Ohata’s “A” sample, the Brazilian exercised her right to have her “B” sample tested, and on Aug. 21 the initial findings of the “A” sample were confirmed. Because this was Ohata’s second offense, the minimum six-year ban was imposed by the ITU.