Thursday, March 14, 2019

COC warns Colombian athletes of prohibited substance in meat

The Colombian Olympic Committee (COC) sent a letter to athletes in the country in which it warns of the presence in  beef  of boldenone, an injectable steroid derived from testosterone that has anabolic properties, reported today that entity.
"The COC, on the basis of recent studies and documents issued by the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), warns of the presence of the substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) 'Boldenona' in the country's cattle," said the president. of the Colombian Olympic Committee, Baltazar Medina, in the letter.
In case of positive boldenone, which is used in bodybuilding and other sports to increase performance and muscle mass, the Manual Anti-Doping Code establishes a four-year suspension.
The COC noted that this substance, which is marketed in "free form" and under veterinary prescription in  Colombia , is frequented in commercialized cattle.
According to the ICA, the presence of boldenone was found in one out of every four samples of cattle residues and he added that there are 59 products that use this substance.
Likewise,  Colombia  is "one of the few countries in the region" that authorizes the distribution of anabolic agents such as Boldenone, according to a resolution issued by the ICA.
On the other hand, the Argentine footballer Santiago Echeverría, exjugador of the Independent Sport Medellín and sanctioned by the Major Division of the Colombian Soccer (Dimayor) after giving positive in an antidoping test, showed his indignation in networks.
"And now? Are we still guilty? Justice, I do not want to spend one more day suspended for something I did not do, "Echeverría posted on his Twitter account.
Last August the International Cycling Union (UCI) reported in the provisional suspension list the Colombian Fabian Puerta, world champion of keirin, after testing positive for Boldenona in an anti-doping control carried out in the country while he was out of competition. 

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