News 5th October 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 5 October 2017

• Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz has retweeted a video from Victor Conte in which the sports nutritionist claims that his adverse analytical finding (AAF) was caused by blood pressure medication. In the video, Conte states that a letter from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) states that Ortiz’s AAFs were for chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, both diuretics. Conte claims that Ortiz submitted bottles of Atenolol and Losartan bought at Walgreens (US pharmacy chain). Conte claims that neither are diuretics, but are beta blockers. Conte was the founder and President of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), and served time in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering.

• Mexican boxer Luis Nery argues that a 24 September adverse analytical finding (AAF) for zilpaterol was caused by contaminated food, reports BoxingScene. Zilpaterol, a beta-2 agonist usually sold under its trade name Zilmax, is used to fatten up cattle. It is a similar substance to clenbuterol, which has sparked warnings over the dangers of an AAF due to consumption of contaminated meat from the World Anti-Doping Agency and many national anti-doping organisations (NADOs). Serbian volleyball player Ana Antonijevic was recently cleared by the international volleyball federation (FIVB), after it accepted that her AAF was caused by contaminated meat.

• Javelin thrower Joanna Blair has been provisionally suspended after returning a positive test. UK Athletics said that Blair has been ‘charged with having committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to IAAF Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 (presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample)’, in a 2 October statement.

• Andrea Lee has said that an intervention by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) led to the cancellation of her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, because of a previous adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a diuretic in 2016. Lee states that USADA regulations require her to be part of the UFC testing pool for six months before she can compete.

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