Chinese swimmer Qiu Yuhan has reportedly completed a nine-month ban from competition after a positive drugs test.
The 18-year-old, a member of China’s team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, was a surprise absentee from their Rio 2016 squad.
The South China Morning Post have now reported the swimmer missed the Olmpics following a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide last May.
Qiu’s suspension was reportedly added to the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) sanctions list shortly after expiring.
The freestyle swimmer had been expected to be part of China’s Olympic team, with the teenager having earned medals at the Youth Olympics and World Championship.
She won three gold medals at the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, all coming in relay competitions.
Qiu also claimed a silver medal in the 200 metres freestyle and bronze in the women’s 100m freestyle.
Qiu was a member of the Chinese team which earned a gold medal in the 4×100m medley at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
The suspension is similar to the case involving China's multiple Olympic medalist Sun Yang.
He tested positive for trimetazidine in 2014 and served a three-month ban.
The sanction was only announced by CHINDA in November of the same year when Sun had already competed at the Asian Games in September.
Qiu's suspension provides further embarrassment to Chinese swimming, with several athletes having also tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide in recent months.
Two-time Asian Games gold medallist Chen Xinyi tested positive for the banned diuretic at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
She received a two-year suspension in December.
Fellow swimmers Li Xuanxu, Huang Chaocheng and Yang Zhixian were all banned in October after testing positive for the substance.
Although not directly performance-enhancing, diuretics are banned because of their use as masking agents to hide the presence of other products.
Chinese triathletes Hao Miao and Liwei Sun received 10-month bans in March after testing positive for the substance.