Russian professional boxer Aleksandr Povetkin, who held the WBA heavyweight title from 2011 to 2013, has tested positive for Ostarine.
The director of the World of Boxing promotion company, Andrey Ryabinsky, announced the "A" sample tested positive for Ostarine and presence of the drug in the doping sample was confirmed by the "B' sample. Both samples were taken by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and opened at a laboratory in Los Angeles. Ryabinsky, after VADA announced the results of the tests, said another independent examination was required.
The World Boxing Council refused to approve of a fight between Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne of Canada on December 6 after the A sample test. However, samples of Povetkin taken on December 13 and 15 were negative.
President of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Mauricio Sulaiman said after the December samples were checked that it is too early to speak about the next steps in relation to him, we will investigate, collect all the facts, and hold hearings before making the decision.
Ryabinsky added that we have the results of alternative tests from another laboratory, the one in Lausanne and added the probe samples are clean. The director of the World of Boxing promotion company added Povetkin may have unknowingly taken Ostraine together with daily meals or sports nutrition products.
The Russian heavyweight boxer previously tested positive for Meldonium, which was entered on the list of banned substances on January 1 last year. Povetkin, Russia’s most famous heavyweight boxer, was due to challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder (U.S.) in a title fight but the match was canceled after the positive test. The Russian however managed to avoid disqualification and retained his challenger status. This was after Povetkin was successful in proving that he had taken Meldonium before the substance was banned.
Olympic champion and State Duma deputy, Svetlana Zhurova, had then remarked that one always has to understand that Meldonium was a legal drug, but then, all of a sudden, it was declared a prohibited one. Svetlana added that athletes may not know that they may take a recovery substance and they may believe that everything is fine, but then they can be accused of using doping drugs.
Later on, the fight between Wilder and Povetkin was canceled after Wilder was seriously injured in the summer. The WBC instead sanctioned a title fight between Povetkin and Stiverne, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 and the boxers were to contest the interim champion title, until the recovery of Wilder.
The fight between Stiverne and Povetkin was canceled after news emerged about the positive test of Povetkin for Ostarine. The promoters of Povetkin however went on to organize his fight with Johann Duhaupas of France, who had signed a contract with the organizers of the boxing show as a potential replacement. Povetkin was permitted to fight as he was not taking part in a WBC event and the Russian fighter was only suspected of having used doping until his test B had been checked. Duhaupas was knocked out by Povetkin in the sixth round of the match.
Known as MK-2866 or Enobosarm, Ostarine is a Selective androgen receptor modulator that is primarily used to avoid and treat muscle wasting. Ostraine has the ability to enhance endurance and was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA in 2008.
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