17 December 2021

Sri Lankan sprinter provisionally suspended

Sri Lankan sprinter Himasha Eshan has been provisionally suspended due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for norandosterone, the Sri Lankan athletics federation has confirmed. A hearing was scheduled for 15 November, however since Eshan is currently in Italy, it has been postponed until 31 December, it is understood from reports.

If he is found guilty, it would represent Eshan’s second anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). He was sanctioned with a one year ban in 2012 due to an ADRV for methylhexanamine, which he blamed on the Jack3D supplement. This used to list 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) as an ingredient, which is another name for methylhexanamine. 

In August 2012, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) ordered that all supplements containing DMAA be removed from the market, after the death of a marathon runner sparked concerns. In July, an investigation by World Sports Law Report and BBC Radio 5 Live found that presenter Nicky Campbell’s sporting performance improved after taking a supplement containing DMAA.

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