…US anti-dop­ing agency finds Zam­bian ath­lete guilty of us­ing per­for­mance en­hance­ment drug

Daily Nation Newspaper - - SPORTS - By SPORTS REPORTER

UNITED States based Zam­bian long dis­tance run­ner, Jor­dan Chipangama, has been banned for four years af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium.

Chipangama was found guilty of us­ing mel­do­nium at the 2017 Grandma’s marathon, a per­for­mance en­hance­ment drug. The U.S Anti-Dop­ing Agency an­nounced the ban of Chipangama on their web­site on Tues­day.

Since Jan­uary 1, 2016, mel­do­nium has been on the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) list of sub­stances banned from use by ath­letes and clas­si­fied it as a meta­bolic mod­u­la­tor, in the same bracket as in­sulin.

“Jor­dan Chipangama, of Flagstaff, Ariz., an ath­lete in the sport of track and field, has ac­cepted a four-year sanc­tion af­ter mul­ti­ple pos­i­tive tests for a pro­hib­ited sub­stance.

Chipangama, 29, tested pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium fol­low­ing an in-com­pe­ti­tion urine sam­ple he pro­vided at the Grandma’s Marathon on June 17, 2017, and af­ter an out-of-com­pe­ti­tion urine sam­ple he pro­vided on Au­gust 4, 2017. Both pos­i­tive tests were con­sid­ered a sin­gle vi­o­la­tion be­cause the sec­ond sam­ple was col­lected be­fore Chipangama was no­ti­fied of the re­sults of his first pos­i­tive test,” read part of the state­ment is­sued by USADA.

When con­tacted for a com­ment, Zam­bia Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (ZAAA) gen­eral sec­re­tary Davis Mungam­bata said they were not privy to the ban. Chipangama rep­re­sented Zam­bia at the 2016 Olympics where he fin­ished 93rd of 2:24:58. He qual­i­fied to the 2017 Lon­don World Cham­pi­onships but pulled out due to work com­mit­ment.

How­ever, it is a li­censed med­i­cal drug used widely through­out East­ern Europe and Cen­tral Asia for a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing car­diac com­plaints. Mel­do­nium is not li­censed for use in the US.

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