THIS IS NOT GOOD.
2017 FIVB Grand Prix silver medalist and 2016 Olympian Miriam Sylla is making news since yesterday for the wrong reasons. The Italian outside hitter got tested positive for clenbuterol after going through an anti-doping test during the FIVB Grand Prix.
FIPAV President Bruno Cattaneo defends Sylla by saying that the athlete may have consumed the banned substance while in China during the tournament.
The athlete has not released any official statement but as of press time all parties concerned have requested a “counter analysis” at the same clinic in China where the test was completed.
If proven that it was due to food poisoning, then the 22 year old will be cleared. If proven GUILTY, she can be suspended from the sport for up to 4 years or longer. She can also be stripped off of all awards she has won including prize money.
What is Clenbuterol?
Per Wikipedia: Clenbuterol, marketed as Dilaterol, Spiropent, Ventipulmin, is a sympathomimetic amine used by sufferers of breathing disorders as a decongestant and bronchodilator. People with chronic breathing disorders such as asthma use this as a bronchodilator to make breathing easier. It is most commonly available as the hydrochloride salt, clenbuterol hydrochloride. Clenbuterol is approved for use in some countries, free or via prescription, as a bronchodilator for asthma patients.