MOSCOW: Russia’s former world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov on Thursday denied reviews suggesting he had examined constructive for a banned substance, as Russia struggles to revive its fame following a global doping scandal.
Shubenkov, 30, was thought of clear and allowed to take part in elite occasions as a impartial athlete after Russia was hit with a two-year ban from worldwide sport.
“In my whole profession I’ve by no means used any banned substances to coach, I’ve by no means deceived anybody,” Shubenkov wrote on Instagram.
Russia’s Match TV on Wednesday reported that Shubenkov had examined constructive for furosemide, a diuretic that’s thought of a masking agent, and was going through a two-year ban from sports activities.
Shubenkov, who received the world 110m hurdles title in 2015 and silvers in 2017 and 2019, dubbed as “blatant slander from unnamed sources” data that furosemide was present in his samples.
He confirmed that he had acquired a letter from the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU), which combats doping in observe and discipline, however mentioned its contents had been “confidential”.
He mentioned it didn’t concern furosemide and that he was not below any restrictions.
Shubenkov by Thursday had not appeared on the AIU checklist of sanctioned athletes.
Russia was embroiled in a doping scandal in 2016 after a state-backed conspiracy designed to cowl up the systemic use of banned substances on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics got here to mild.
The World Anti-Doping Company in 2019 hit Russia with a four-year ban from worldwide sports activities, however in November final 12 months the ban was decreased to 2 years by the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.