Bahamian swimmer Joanna Evans was banned by the World Aquatics Doping Panel from competing at international events for two years.
She said she bought a tube of Trofodermin after being injured while competing in Italy.
“When I returned to Austin, Texas on October 30th, 2021, I slipped on a concrete pavement and sustained a substantial gash on my knee. I used the same cream I procured in Italy to assist with emergency healing, but this time the injury was much worse. I used the cream for five days then once or twice a week until the end of November.
She said “Anyone who knows me, knows without hesitation that I would never, ever intentionally take a banned substance. The results show an unfathomable low amount of a substance which absolutely could not have enhanced my performance.”
Adding, “I would never cheat and I take pride in representing my country, college, family, friends and community to the best of my ability. I have a history of dozens of clean tests and conduct myself with integrity in all aspects of my life. I consider myself to be a humble ambassador for my country and my sport. I find it incredulous that a minuscule amount of a banned substance applied unknowingly through a topical cream can have such life-altering consequences,”
Evans, competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and was described by many as one of The Bahamas’ flagbearers at the 2020 Tokyo Games.