Boxer tests positive for diuretics

ASADA has confirmed media reports that Australian boxer Bianca Elmir tested positive to the presence of diuretics in her urine sample, which was collected at the Australian Boxing Championships in Hobart on 4 February 2012.


These diuretics, Furosemide and Amiloride are listed as Prohibited Substances both in-competition and out-of-competition, on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List (2012). After investigating the matter in accordance with the process set out in legislation, ASADA referred this matter to the independent Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel (ADRVP). On 1 May 2012 the ADRVP found there were possible anti-doping rule violations. The athlete was advised in writing of the ADRVP finding that same day. The correspondence advised the athlete of her appeal rights. Boxing Australia, after consulting with ASADA, provisionally suspended the athlete on 7 May 2012 to uphold the integrity of boxing, the World Championships and the Australian Olympic Team. The athlete appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the provisional suspension; CAS heard the appeal on 9 May 2012. The decision to uphold the provisional suspension was handed down on 10 May 2012. ASADA can’t provide further details about the athlete’s case as this could prejudice the full CAS hearing, which is yet to occur. In dealing with this matter, ASADA has followed all the legislative rules and procedures set out by the National Anti-Doping Scheme.

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