Frenchwoman Ysaora Thibus, great hope for a medal at the 2024 Olympics, temporarily suspended after an abnormal result in an anti-doping test

The French Fencing Federation announced on Friday that the foil fencer, world champion in 2022, had presented an abnormal anti-doping analysis result.

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Frenchwoman Thibus Ysaora during the women's foil team event at the Tokyo Olympics, July 29, 2021. (CROSNIER JULIEN / AFP)

Big blow for Ysaora Thibus. The French foil fencer, 32, was provisionally suspended by the French Fencing Federation after it revealed abnormal results in an anti-doping test on January 14. The International Federation, which had organized this control, adds that under article 7.4.1 of its anti-doping rules, Ysaora Thibus is provisionally suspended with immediate effect on February 8, 2024. The latter also announced to the French Federation “of his total incomprehension, his immense surprise and his dismay”.

Contacted by her federation, the 2022 individual world champion, and great hope for a medal at the 2024 Olympics, “denies any intentional act of doping”, after this control carried out by the International Testing Agency (ITA), while participating in the World Cup stage in Paris, qualifying for the Games. The French team took second place behind Italy, a result which ensured Olympic qualification for Les Bleues.

While awaiting the result of the expertise of a second sample, it is a blow dealt to the French foil team, of which Ysaora Thibus was undoubtedly the leader. NOTNine-time French champion in individual foil, and team silver medalist at the Tokyo Games, the Guadeloupean managed to win the world title in Cairo in 2022, a great first for the French women’s foil in more than a year. half century.

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