Wilder’s Russian Adventure Off? Povetkin Tests Positive

Povetkin Tests Positive – With the heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin roughly a week away, a cloud now hangs over the fight. Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that Povetkin has tested positive for meldonium.

Check Rafael’s Twitter account for a slew of his Tweets on the subject.

 

 

Meldonium is the same drug that tennis star Maria Sharapova recently tested positive for in what became a major scandal for the five-time grand slam champion.

Meldonium is a drug that improves the blood flow, and it is used legally in Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union with a doctor’s prescription. Last year, however, the drug was added to the “official” list of banned substances by VADA. Th group apparently found a higher level of positive tests among athletes than among the general population.

Now, the WBC is the body sanctioning Wilder’s title defense against longtime mandatory challenger Povetkin, but the match looks to be very much in jeopardy.  The test that came back positive was administered by VADA, which is considered the most advanced testing available today. It will be interesting to see as more details become available who requested the VADA testing, who paid for it and how it affects the match, which was scheduled for May 21st and is just eight days away.

Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder is in England as he was making his way to Russia adjusting to the potential time change. No word yet on whether Wilder will continue on to Russia or stay put in England, but word of an official cancellation has not come down.

COMMENTS

-KO Digest :

I should have known, I just watched Rocky IV, Drago was juicing in Russia too.


-brownsugar :

The WBC has mandated that all championship fights will use VADA testing. Povetkin also tested positive when he beat the Polish giant, and has won his last five fights by KO You would think that winning the purse bid would have been a big enough advantage... Damn you Povetkin, I was looking forward to this.


-brownsugar :

Apparently the drug was legal in Europe until recently... Storm this is your area of expertise, what do you make of all of this. Is it a Valid concern, or just a minor issue? (The use of the drug I mean)


-Kid Blast :

If Klit pulls out, Wilder should/could fight Fury.


-amayseng :

They are alleging he last took it before it was banned which was Jan 2016, and that it is such a minimal amount that is left in his system since the fall. We will see what is true, very disappointed if the rails fall off this one


-Domenic :

They just had a front page expos? in the NY Times detailing the Russian athletes use of the juice and swapping out samples, etc, at the Sochi games. It was a day or two ago. The steroid that showed up here is, as Brownsugar pointed out in another thread, the one that was recently banned. Is going forward with the fight even an option? Is Povetkin automatically suspended? Is there any precedent of a fighter saying no problem, I'm ok with the other guy failing the test, let's just move forward with the fight? Wilder certainly would have two handy excuses, (1) fought in Russia and (2) the guy was doping. This stuff is horrible for the sport. I really hope Golovkin doesn't get mixed up in this, guilt by association/proximity. The innuendo is surely coming.


-Radam G :

They are alleging he last took it before it was banned which was Jan 2016, and that it is such a minimal amount that is left in his system since the fall. We will see what is true, very disappointed if the rails fall off this one
I knew that D-Wild was going to get out of this arse thrashing. Holla!


-miguel1 :

It is funny to me because just about any other fight for Wilder here should be easier. I will identify the real problem here. It is doctors and their hypocratic oath, or rather their failure to enforce it. The bottom line is that when you take a prime athlete and give him a drug that is meant for therapy (this goes for the testosterone replacement prescriptions as well as this drug Povetkin got popped for) the athletes say the same thing - I have a condition and I need this. There needs to be an outcry from doctors against the non-ethical prescription of drugs. In MMA, with the TRT the popular Vitor Belfort stated the doctor told him his testosterone was so low he could DIE. Really? I know doctors who would have told him to stay out of the gym a week and rest. TRT is a therapy for a condition where people are truly low on test, lethargic, some bed ridden. That does not describe Belfort, lol nor Sonnen nor the other cast of characters that loved their testosterone. This is the same drug that caused the scandal in tennis when that pretty Russian tennis star got popped for it, and she said, "hey, Ive been taking it since 2006".


-miguel1 :

"ON THE OTHER HAND" The VADA folks apparently ran a survey type of thing where the prevalence of use of this drug among athletes was a lot higher than that of the general population so they banned it. Does anyone know anything about what it takes to get anything put on "the list"?


-SamuraiSam :

They are alleging he last took it before it was banned which was Jan 2016, and that it is such a minimal amount that is left in his system since the fall. We will see what is true, very disappointed if the rails fall off this one
In a related article ([URL]http://www.boxing.com/povetkin_fails_drug_test_fight_with_wilder_in_jeopardy.html[/URL] ), it's stated that WADA announced on April 13 that a concentration of less than one microgram of Meldonium in an athlete's body was acceptable. They must have come up with this late announcement (relative to the initial date of the ban at the beginning of this year) after having done further studies which showed that the drug is slow to flush out of the body after cessation of use. If Ryabinsky's tweet is the truth, that there was only 70 nanograms (0.07 micrograms) of Meldonium found, then Povetkin should be good to go, and I don't see why the show can't go on.


-stormcentre :

"ON THE OTHER HAND" The VADA folks apparently ran a survey type of thing where the prevalence of use of this drug among athletes was a lot higher than that of the general population so they banned it. Does anyone know anything about what it takes to get anything put on "the list"?
M1, All the anti-doping agencies pretty much follow a process similar to this here . . .
->https://www.asada.gov.au/substances/prohibited-substances-and-methods#-span-how-substances-become-prohibited-span- Go to the "How substances become prohibited" section. Here is a snippet . . .

For a substance or method to be prohibited, it must meet two of the following three conditions:

1.The substance or method has the potential to enhance, or does enhance performance in sport. 2.The substance or method has the potential to risk the athlete’s health. 3.WADA has determined that the substance or method violates the spirit of sport.

The World Anti-Doping Prohibited List identifies substances and methods that athletes cannot take or use, and presents them in a number of categories. It is important to understand that the Prohibited List is not exhaustive in that several categories of substances are ‘open’. For example, some categories include ‘other substances with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s)’. Every year there are hundreds, if not thousands, of new or modified substances developed in laboratories, or new products released onto the market or black-market. There are also people willing to push the boundaries with experimental substances and methods which have not been clinically tested or approved for human use.

Basically, (in simple terms) you, me, anyone, can write to these organizations and bring a suspicious substance to their attention (for sincere and otherwise reasons); but, they will usually not do anything immediately about your correspondence until it is clear that the criteria listed is met. Cheers,
Storm.


-deepwater2 :

I was surprised that this fight was actually made. I didn't think it would happen. It's not happening. Will Wilder sue to grab the belt? I think the Russian would have been DW's first real test. Too bad he will probably fight another lower tier guy like Charles Martin or someone next.