Alexander Povetkin

Yekaterinburg (Russia), Dec 18 (IANS) Russian heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin has told reporters that he did not use banned performance enhancing substances and does not know how steroids entered his body.

“What sense does it make to use doping and fail the last test? It is all senseless. I don’t know how the substance got into my body. I don’t even have any assumptions. When I learnt about it I was getting uneasy. I took it so hard,” Povetkin was quoted as saying by Tass.

On Saturday, Povetkin beat France’s Johann Duhaupas. The non-title 10 round fight here ended with Povetkin’s win by a sixth round knockout.

Povetkin was also to meet Canada’s Bermane Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title but the fight was canceled after Povetkin’s sample returned positive for Ostarine, a banned substance.

The World Boxing Council said that a probe into Povetkin’s case is ongoing and he can be disqualified.

Ostarine is a SARM substance, which athletes use during training. It builds up endurance, like anabolic steroids. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) put SARM substances on its prohibited items list in 2008.

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    We Showed We Are A Footballing Nation: US U-17 Coach

    New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The United States Under-17 football team head coach John Hackworth on Monday said the country can hope for a better...

    Hope To Play For PSG First-Team: US Forward Tim Weah

    New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The United States forward Tim Weah is hoping that he will be called to the first-team squad of Paris Saint-Germain...

    Germans To Recall 7-1 Maracana Win In Case Of Clash Against Brazil

    New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Germany Under-17 football team head coach Christian Wueck said here on Monday that he will have to motivate his players,...

    U-17 World Cup: Weah’s Hat-Trick Flattens Paraguay In Pre-Quarters

    New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Tim Weah scored thrice as the United States swept past Paraguay 5-0 to storm into the quarter-finals of the FIFA...

    U-17 World Cup: East Bengal’s Katsumi Spends Time With Japan Team

    Kolkata, Oct 16 (IANS) East Bengal's new Japanese recruit Yusa Katsumi on Monday spent time with the Japan U-17 team here to take part in...