Feb 22 2012
A weightlifter from Ukraine recently received 4-year ban from the sports after the International Weightlifting Federation found her doping. Olha Korobka was slapped with 4 years suspension after she tested positive for anabolic steroids in the world weightlifting championships in Paris last November. The 27-old weightlifter from Ukraine declined to comment on her case when asked by the media. The weightlifting federation also did not give elaborate information about the failed steroid test.
Aside from the suspension, Korobka was also stripped off her three bronze medals in the said competition. The Ukrainian weightlifter competed in the 75kg category. She will be barred from competition up to November 2015. This would mean that she will be missing the 2012 London Olympics this summer. Korobka represented her country in the Beijing Olympics and got silver medal. But her hope for another medal in this year’s Olympics disappeared.
Media reports from her home country revealed that her coach Vasyl Kulak has been fired by their weightlifting organization.
Canadian Wrestler also received 2-Year Ban for Steroids
Meanwhile, a Canadian Greco-roman wrestler was also banned for two years after the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES) found various banned substances in his system. Two anabolic steroids and a diuretic were found in the urine sample of Wrestler Colin Daynes during an in-competition testing last December. Another substance was also detected which is commonly used to counter the side effects of steroid use.
The 37-old wrestler, who is also a former Olympian, forfeited his title in the 163 lb category in the tournament held in Winnipeg, Manitoba last year. His suspension will end on December 18, 2013.
Daynes did not contest the result and acknowledged the doping violation. Based on several online news agencies, Daynes used the anabolic steroids boldenone and drostanolone. The diuretic found in his system which is used to flush out steroids and excess water was furosemide. The estrogen receptor modulator Tamoxifen was also detected. The combination of these steroids and the other mentioned substances is typical for a cycling user.
Wrestling Canada will not Tolerate Doping
Wrestling Canada issued a statement regarding this incident. According to its executive director, Tamara Medwidsky, doping of any kind will not be tolerated in their sports. “This incidence highlights the need for our association to continue building a culture in all Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines where doping of any kind is not permitted or even contemplated,” he added.
Daynes will also bid goodbye to London Olympics this summer. He was caught in the wrestling qualification trials so he will not be able to represent his country again. Daynes competed in the Greco Roman Wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Steroids Used to Recover from Injuries
The wrestler explained to the media that he was taking the substances because of the advice of his doctor. “That was the advice of the naturopathic doctor I was seeing,” he said. Daynes claimed that he was recovering from an injury but he did not know that those medications are banned. All of the drugs found in his system are in the list of WADA’s prohibited substances.