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Brazilian volleyball player suspended for doping

August 14, 2013

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s sports tribunal has suspended volleyball national team player Natalia for 60 days for failing a doping test.

Natalia allegedly tested positive for high levels of the banned substance prednisolone during a national league match in March. The substance is usually found in asthma medicine.

The Brazil outside hitter had been initially cleared in July but the tribunal found her guilty on appeal on Tuesday, saying there were irregularities in the first trial.

“I know that I’ve done nothing wrong,” Natalia said. “Hopefully one day we can find out what happened to prompt this positive test.”

Natalia, who played for Brazil in the 2012 Olympics, will only serve a further 30 days, as she had been kept out of the sport for 30 days while awaiting trial.

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