Ysaora Thibus will participate in the Paris 2024 Olympics

The international sports website insidethegames.com reported that Ysaora Thibus will participate in Paris 2024. After being temporarily suspended for testing positive in an anti-doping control, the foil fencer managed to prove her innocence and has now been selected to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games.

The French Federation announced a few days ago the inclusion of Thibus in the women’s foil team, where she will join teammates Pauline Ranvier, Eva Lacheray, and reserve Anita Blaze. The disciplinary tribunal acquitted her last May, and it was she herself who announced in a statement that she was ready to return to Olympic competition.

The site added that Thibus was sanctioned in February by the International Fencing Federation (FIE), which found traces of ostarine in her body, a banned substance that helps to gain muscle mass. She later argued that the anabolic substance had entered her body accidentally as a result of sexual contact with her partner, leading to the doping suspension being lifted.

Joelle Monlouis, Thibus’ lawyer, stated to the Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf  that the French fencer’s positive result was due to her partner, the fellow fencer Race Imboden. “He took a product that contained ostarine and infected Ysaora. The transmission that caused the infection occurred through bodily fluids.”

Once free from that setback, the French athlete encountered another obstacle along the way, as in mid-June, during the European Championships, she suffered a ligament injury in her left knee, raising doubts again about her presence at the Olympics. After successful surgery and a rehabilitation programme involving small physical exercises, she managed to recover in time to be part of her country’s Olympic team.

insidethegames.com reported that three weeks before the individual women’s foil event in Paris, Thibus, now in top form, continues her training to be at her best and keep winning medals as she has done so far. At 32 years old, she ranks 33rd in the FIE world rankings and has a record that few can boast of in this discipline.

Among her most recent achievements is the team silver medal in Tokyo 2020. Additionally, at the World Championships held in Cairo a couple of years later, she won the first gold in foil for French fencing in over half a century. 

She has seven team world medals, including last year’s silver in Milan, and up to twelve continental medals since she first stepped onto the podium in Legnano, Italy, in 2012, where she took second place.

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