Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Australian anti-doping organisation (ÖADR) has confirmed that a triathlete and a volleyball player have been provisionally suspended after testing positive for prohibited substances. Triathlete Alexander Pölzlbauer has been suspended from 26 November, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for ephedrine; and volleyball player Stanislav Masliev has been suspended from 30 November after an AAF for stanozolol.
‘Alexander Pölzlbauer submitted a urine sample within an In Competition Control (IC) in Pöttsching, conducted on 14.08.2016’, read an ÖADR statement. ‘Analysis of this sample revealed the presence of a prohibited substance, namely, ephedrine (S6 stimulants)’. Pölzlbauer, 27, is an amateur triathlete and it is understood that he tested positive at the Pöttsching triathlon.
‘Stanislav Masliev submitted a urine sample within the framework of an Out-of-Competition-Control (OOC), which took place on 11.11.2016 in Innsbruck’, read an ÖADR statement. ‘Analysis of this sample revealed the presence of a prohibited substance, namely stanozolol (S1.1.a anabolic androgenic steroids)’. Masliev, a Russian, plays for Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck in Austria, where the test took place.
Hypo Tyrol Innsbruck club expressed ‘disappointment and regret’ at having to report its first ever doping case. ‘As a club with a strong sense of transparency and fairness, we have responded immediately and released Stanislav Masliev without notice’, it said in a statement. Stanislav Masliev will have to consider a multi-year suspension by the FIVB [international volleyball federation]. No sanctions against our club are known to date. This is the first doping case of our 20-year history and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect volleyball, our club and its partners against the issue of “illegal doping”.’
Both suspensions are provisional, based on analysis of the athlete’s A sample. Both athletes will have the chance to have their B sample analysed, after which it will be determined whether they will be sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).