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'Kissing defense' leads to reversal of sprinter's drug ban

16 July, 2017, 05:08 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts said he tested positive for a banned masking agent called probenecid for "frequently and passionately" kissing his girlfriend.

A kiss is just a kiss, unless, apparently, that kiss is followed by a doping test. He was charged with violation of doping laws, following a recent test, taken by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The report mentioned that Roberts had been "tested for almost a decade and had been found to be clean", while "the amount of probenecid found in his sample is too small to have a masking effect, nor was there any evidence that he had ingested probenecid from any other sources".

As part of the evidence, the stepfather of Roberts' girlfriend said she was in India a few weeks before the March test and came down with a sinus infection.

Following this, Salazar visited Roberts and the two spent time together whilst Alex was still taking the medication. Moreover, Roberts did not remember tasting medicine or anything freakish when he smooched his girlfriend.

After conferring with two different doctors, the arbiter officially ruled "this was not a case of intentional doping".

The situation sounds insane, but it's actually not the first time an athlete has failed a drug test because of kissing.

USADA accepted the ruling on June 24, rescinding calls to ban the athlete, who went on to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships that were now underway.

Roberts was part of the United States' 4-by-400 relay team that won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Roberts testified that he did not know Salazar was taking the medicine and he was unaware that kissing could lead to him ingesting any banned substance.



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