Ratchanok cleared of doping in time for Olympics
THAILAND'S badminton star and Olympic gold-medal hope Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of doping allegations and will represent the kingdom at the Rio Games next month.
The world No.4 was found innocent by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) during a weekend meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday.
In a press conference at a Bangkok hotel, the 21-year-old broke down and cried as she recounted the saga to the media.
She also showed a letter from the BWF that cleared
"It is my dream to compete at the Olympic. I thank all the team that helped me to go," she said.
"I was always confident
of my innocence. I didn't
do anything wrong."
The saga stemmed from the presence of triamcinolone acetonide - a synthetic form of cortisone used to treat skin problems and discomforts -
in Ratchanok's urine sample.
It is typically injected, applied as a cream or, if it is a facial problem, inhaled.
The substance is prohibited when injected during competition.
But her medical team told the BWF that the substance was administered out of competition on May 13
and was part of an ongoing medical treatment.
The BWF was satisfied with the explanation and cleared the shuttler to compete in Rio.