Industry News: Russian Boxer Povetkin Tests Positive for Enobosarm
The Russia boxing circuit is the latest sports industry to be rocked by a drug scandal, as boxer Alexander Povetkin was recently found with the steroid enobosarm in his B sample.
Traces of the drug, which is also known as ostarine, were found in his samples drawn by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) as part of bout rules. The test conducted in Los Angeles found the banned substance in his B sample, although an independent test by a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland revealed negative results, according to a news item.
The sample was taken on December 6 in relation to Povetkin’s supposed fight against Canadian boxer Bermane Stiverne for the WBC international heavyweight title. The bout was cancelled after Stiverne’s refusal to fight. According to a tweet from Russian boxing promoter World of Boxing, Povetkin’s sample was found with 0.00000000001 gram of ostarine.
In May 2016, Povetkin tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance which made the news rounds last year after tennis superstar Maria Sharapova was found to be using the drug.
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