Albanian Boxer Rexhildo Zeneli Tests Positive for Furosemide

Albanian boxer Rexhildo Zeneli faces adversity after testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic pill.


Zeneli was tested out-of-competition prior to the European Games in Baku. Because of the positive test, he has been suspended from the Games.

Common amongst weight class sports

Furosemide is quite commonly used amongst athletes in sports where the athlete is to compete in a weight class. In the Anti-Doping Database we have registered 38 cases in Wrestling, 20 in weightlifting and body building. In 12 of the 183 cases we have registered, boxers has tested positive for furosemide.
Suspensions ranges from six months to five years, where the longer bans is because the athlete has tested positive for more than one substance.
Along with some other diuretics, furosemide is also included on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned drug list due to its alleged use as a masking agent for other drugs.


We have registered 142 cases related to boxing in the Anti-Doping Database. In most of the cases steroids has been used.
Nandrolone seems to be the most commonly used substance where 16 athletes has been suspended. 32 of the athletes banned are from India, while 19 UK boxers has been banned. USA has banned 16 boxers.

EOC informed about Zeneli

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) announced today that Rexhildo Zeneli of Albania has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under EOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Baku 2015 European Games, and has been suspended from participation at the Games.

Mr Zeneli, a boxer from Albania, provided a urine sample on 13 June 2015 in association with his participation in the 2015 European Games held in Baku, as part of the EOC’s out-of-competition testing programme. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, for analysis. The sample was found to contain a Furosemide, which is a Prohibited Substance under section S5 (DIURETICS AND MASKING AGENTS) of the 2015 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, and is therefore also prohibited under the EOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Baku 2015 European Games.

Mr Zeneli was therefore charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, and it was determined by the EOC Executive Committee on the recommendation of the EOC’s Committee for Legal, Eligibility, Disciplinary and Doping Matters that he is suspended from participation in the European Games. Mr Zeneli had not competed in the European Games at this time. Further anti-doping procedures will be conducted by the competent international organisations.

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