Brazilian swimmer Rebeca Gusmao maintains her innocence

2007-12-12 02:39:55 Xinhua English

BRASILIA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian swimmer guilty of taking a performance enhancing drug gave her testimony of over 5 hours to the court recently in Rio de Janeiro.

Rebeca Gusmao appeared in front of the delegacy accompanied by her lawyers and coach. Hugo Lobo Filho, the athlete's coach, left the court session visibly disturbed by the presence and persistence of the press.

"I am innocent," Gusmao repeated incessantly throughout her testimony. The swimmer did not stop to talk to the press after her session due to her plane flight back to Brasilia , the capital city where she resides.

Rebeca, who is currently suspended from the sport since November, was called to testify in relation to the altered test results that occurred during the Pan-American games in Rio de Janeiro. The tests proved that there were two different types of DNA that appeared in her examinations.

The swimmer is also due to appear in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland . She is accused of failing a doping test in 2006. Gusmao displayed an abnormal amount of testosterone in her blood, which could only have come by way of ingestion. She was supposed to appear in court on Nov. 13, but the court delayed the hearing until January.