Athletics

Mexican Olympic athlete banned for doping

accreditation
Olympics 2016 (Getty Images)
Olympics 2016 (Getty Images)

Paris - World and Olympic 20km walk silver medallist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico has been banned for four years for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Friday.

Gonzalez, 30, tested positive for the anabolic steroid trenbolone on October 17 last year and will be suspended until November 2022, said the independent body which polices drug abuse in athletics.

However, she will retain her medals received in 2016 when she won silver at the Rio Olympics and 2017 when she was runner-up at the world championships in London.

At a hearing, the unit rejected her defence argument that her positive test stemmed from the fact that she had increased her consumption of red meat to combat anaemia.

Trenbolone is a permitted additive for animal feed in Mexico, Gonzalez said, insisting that the meat she ate was contaminated with the steroid. 

However, the AIU determined that evidence provided by the athlete to support her arguments had been forged and added that the concentration of steroid was too great to come from contaminated meat consumption alone.

Gonzalez has the right to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your views on the World Rugby men's Player of the Year nominations for 2021 not including any Springboks?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a disgrace! Both Siya Kolisi AND Eben Etzebeth should have been nominated!
39% - 6438 votes
Siya, at the very least, should have been included after a superb season
6% - 1020 votes
Etzebeth has been SA's best player this year and should feel hard done by
21% - 3496 votes
Get over it! Moaning about this just sounds like sour grapes!
33% - 5489 votes
Vote