Friday, 13 May 2016

Alexander Povetkin fails pre fight drug test.

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin voluntarily agreed to the WBC Clean Boxing Program and to be tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) for their upcoming May 21 WBC title fight..  Today, VADA reported to the WBC and the fighters’ camps the results of an anti-doping test Povetkin underwent from a sample collected on April 27. VADA’s report states that Povetkin’s sample A showed an positive result for the banned substance Meldonium. The WBC also received specific information from the World Anti-Doping Agency about Meldonium, a substance that was only added to the banned list this year. The substance is classified by WADA as a metabolic modulator. Tennis star Maria Sharapova was suspended after Meldonium was found in her system.
The WBC is conducting an in-depth investigation of this matter and will make a public announcement in the very near future concerning the results of its investigation and any appropriate steps that it will take. Alexander Povetkins camp claim that their fighter tried the drug just under a year ago, and had never used Meldonium since its addition to VADA's banned list..   Mauricio Sulaiman issued an original statement regarding the WBC stance,  announcing the fight as cancelled..