Ratchanok cleared of possible doping violation

Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of a possible doping violation and will therefore be able to represent Thailand at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The world number four was handed a provisional suspension on July 13 after it was revealed that she tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide, a corticosteroid that is banned in most cases, during the Uber Cup in China in May.

Despite this, Ratchanok was cleared by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Monday after it was established that she had used the substance to treat a muscle tendon injury, which is allowed under the BWF’s rules and regulations.

“The panel concluded that because the route of administration of the substance in the medical treatment process was intratendinous — an authorised administration route — no violation of the regulations was committed,” the BWF said in a statement.

The 21-year-old was in tears after hearing the ruling, with  her dream of being able to represent her country at the Olympic Games still intact.

“I was confident in my innocence and I am glad that I received justice. I will practise and hope to bring a medal back for Thais,” she told reporters in Bangkok on Monday. “The Olympics is my dream.

Patama Leeswadtrakul, president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, revealed that doctors had used the substance to help treat Ratchanok as she had pain in her right hand and back.

“We said it was used honestly to cure her injuries,” she told reporters.