Two years after testing positive for a banned substance in 2016, American heavyweight boxer Eric Molina has been suspended from all sports for two years. In a statement made by U.K. Anti-Doping (UKAD), the boxer has been suspended till Oct. 27, 2019. The 36-year-old will, probably, no longer play in his forthcoming fight with Mariusz Wach, Polish professional boxer also a former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion.
After losing to Anthony Joshua back in 2016, Molina had tested positive for dexamethasone, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for in-competition use. While Molina did not contest the rule violation, he did argue that his action was not intentional and the penalty was too harsh. According to the boxer, the alleged substance was in the vitamin supplement that he frequently consumed. He also admitted that he had been injected with the drug the day of the match and he neither checked the ingredients nor took an expert’s advice.
According to the UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead, in order to ensure that they follow and do not breach the anti-doping regulations, athletes should familiarize themselves with the WADA Prohibited List. He believes that the sportspersons are completely responsible for what they are taking. The UKAD also pointed out that the banned substance that Molina was accused of taking is marked among the ingredients on the Mexican product’s label.
Dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory and an immunosuppressant useful in treating immune system disorders, arthritis and breathing problems. The drug acts by lowering the body’s defensive mechanism and is helpful in reducing symptoms of swelling and allergy. Although the substance is not a performance-enhancing drug (PED), its anti-inflammatory action allows athletes to train harder and recover from injuries faster.
Molina is clueless and upset
In an exclusive interview with the World Boxing News (WBN), Molina appeared to be clueless and upset over the two-year ban. According to him, he had never used a PED and it was his “first offense of any substance.” He further shared that the ban makes no sense as at that time the banned substance had no effect on him. Looking visibly upset over the entire incident, the boxer also questioned why fighters caught multiple times with steroids were given months out while he was slapped with a two-year ban. On being asked whether his upcoming match with Wach would be cancelled, Molina said that he had no clues and it would be too early to say anything.
As winning is becoming more important than the game itself, athletes around the world are looking for different ways to stay ahead in the competition. However, at times, it can get too far with professional athletes taking PEDs. Although these drugs can give an athlete a professional edge in the competition, they can also have a severe long-term impact on their health as well as tarnish their image in professional sports.
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