The IOC is going to let Jessica Hardy into the 2012 Olympic Games if she qualifies. For background on the original positive drug test see this link: [Link]
From The Los Angeles Times:
"... Though the AAA found that a sanction longer than a year's suspension would be "disproportionate to the facts of the case," Hardy still had to wait for the IOC executive board to determine her Olympic eligibility for 2012.
It came almost a year ago when the IOC ruled she was eligible and Hardy said in a statement that she was "ecstatic the IOC has recognized my unique situation and that the rule [Rule 45] does not apply to me. ..."
[Link]A couple of years ago I would have said she should be indefinitely suspended. She endorsed a product by a supplement company that was allegedly "dirty" according to the NCAA and she should take responsibility for what she ingested. How often have we heard, "you are responsible for what goes into your body so watch out." However, with that said, I am waffling....
Swimmers make SO LITTLE MONEY that one has to ask what does a national governing body; (International Olympic Committee), have to gain by DQing a swimmer over a drug that barely registered in her test samples and was so minute it probably did nothing to increase her abilities and perhaps even hindered her?
Swimmers are exploited to an amazing degree and I don't mean just the Olympians. Even the 12-to-14-year-old girls and boys on the pool deck are as well as they send in their dues to USA Swimming so an executive or two can make nearly a million-dollars-a-year and yet provide little in return.
[UPDATE] I want to qualify the above statement. Simply putting on competitions for USA Swimming kids to possibly qualify for the Olympic Games does not justify the salaries the top execs make. I say that because less than 99.999% of these kids will make the team. When a swimmer has no chance at all at making the national team, why should they have to pay any dues? Why not simply pay meet entry fees? Perhaps the LSCs should carry their own insurance too?
Hence, I don't want to see a swimmer get ruined after spending about 20-years in the pool in all sorts of weather busting her ass trying to get on the Olympic team and then lose it all over a questionable test.