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