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'Kissing defense' leads to reversal of sprinter's drug ban

16 July 2017, 05:09 | Joan Schultz


Girlfriend’s kiss and an Indian chemist almost land Olympic gold medallist Roberts in doping mess

Roberts, was part of Team USA's winning 4×400-meter relay team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished second in the 400, and will compete in August at the world championships in London.

Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts, who was suspended in May for a positive drug test, has had that decision reversed by an arbitrator, who upheld the sprinter's defense that the drug was in his system due to frequent and passionate kissing of his girlfriend.

The case went to an arbitrator in June. Roberts and Salazar told the arbitrator that they "kissed frequently and passionately", including on March 24, the day Roberts was originally tested, ESPN reported.

"Roberts had dated Ms Salazar for two years and surely had kissed her before without being charged with a doping violation", the report said.

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Alex Salazar and her family had reportedly visited the rural parts of India around the time of the doping incident and subsequently procured the medicine for a sinus problem. But because she had trouble swallowing pills, she took the medication by just swallowing the powder kept in the capsules. But the reason one American runner gave to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for his positive test might just take the cake.

The situation sounds insane, but it's actually not the first time an athlete has failed a drug test because of kissing.

Roberts testified that he did not know Salazar was taking the medicine and he was unaware that kissing could lead to him ingesting any banned substance. "Roberts has met his burden of proof", USADA said in its ruling, released earlier this week.

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