Going by the reports of ESPN, heavyweight Tyson Fury has been tested positive for cocaine. ESPN reported this news citing a leaked letter sent by Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
News agency Reuters, on the other hand, has said that they were unable to immediately verify the report. They also try to contact the Briton Fury for a comment but their request was declined.
According to reports ESPN has said that they got hold of a leaked letter sent by VADA chief Dr Margaret Goodman to representatives of Fury and Klitschko as well as the British Boxing Board of Control and the United States’ Association of Boxing Commissions on Thursday.
Here are some of the excerpts of the leaked letter which ESPN got hold of and which have been published on the Reuters website. The excerpts read — “This letter is to advise you that the ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 4006253 collected from Tyson Fury on September 22, 2016, in Lancaster, England through his participation in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program has been analysed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, stimulants and drugs of abuse”.
“The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains Benzoylecgonine.”
“Mr Fury has the right to promptly request an analysis of the ‘B’ sample at his expense.”
It is interesting to note that Benzoylecgonine is the main metabolite of cocaine.
Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency which provides anti-doping programmes for boxing and mixed martial arts has a policy of not publicly disclosing results of tests unless of course requested by the athletes themselves.
World Boxing Association(WBA) in a statement has said that it will consider Fury’s case before taking a decision. WBA, in a statement published by Sky Sports, said, “Regarding the VADA report, they sent a statement in which they inform that the result was positive. Now we are waiting to see if Fury’s team will request the opening of the B sample test.” It will be pertinent to note that Fury in the early part of this year was charged with a doping offence by UK Anti-Doping after a urine sample from February 2015 showed traces of the banned stimulant Nandrolone.