Two More Fighters Test Positive For Clenbuterol:

The subject of tainted cow meat in Mexico has once again reared its ugly as two more boxers failed drug tests.

WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas and top flyweight contender Julio Cesar Martinez tested positive for minute trace amounts of Clenbuterol, per an announcement from the sanctioning body. The WBC ruled both fighters did not deliberately take any illegal drugs and that the positive tests came from eating contaminated meat, common in Mexico.

The trace amounts of the banned substance inside the two boxers were ruled to have been so insignificant that it wouldn’t have been considered performance-enhancing and as a result of consuming tainted meat. Tainted meat in Mexico has been known to contain Clenbuterol.

This isn’t the first time a world champion had tested positive for Clenbuterol. Back in 2018, Canelo Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance on multiple tests, starting with one in February. Like in the cases of Vargas and Martinez, Alvarez’s team alleged that the positive test came as a result of Alvarez inadvertently consuming tainted meat in Mexico.

Alvarez had been temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission until a hearing on April and could have faced a one-year suspension for the positive tests. The suspension was reduced to six months as Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions, the company who promotes Alvarez, cooperated with the commission throughout the investigation. The suspension handed to Alvarez was retroactive to the date of the first test.

In light of these recent positive tests, the WBC has established a new protocol and standards in handling Clenbuterol cases:

The WBC is happy to acknowledge the new standard set by WADA with a higher threshold with regards to Clenbuterol.

This is a confirmation of the innocence of fighters like Saul Canelo Alvarez and Francisco Vargas who once were in the middle of controversy, when Clean Boxing Program tests performed by VADA found Clenbuterol in their examination.

The WBC has received additional report from VADA in which 2 Mexican fighters showed atypical findings of Clenbuterol, which are well below the new WADA standard and all fighters will receive proper nutrition education from the WBC Clean Boxing Program and Weight Management Program.

WBC champion Rey Vargas and WBC challenger Julio Cesar Martinez are at no fault with regards to their VADA atypical finding.

Effective on June 1, 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) established a new threshold in relation with the detection of Clenbuterol. WADA’s new standard intends to ensure that results management entities address and resolve positive anti-doping tests emanating from the consumption of contaminated meat products in a fair manner for the athlete. That will prevent athletes from being penalized for an anti-doping rule violation as a result of consuming contaminated meat.

WADA’s List of Prohibited List include Clenbuterol because it promotes muscle growth through anabolic properties. However, scientific studies have shown to WADA’s satisfaction that athletes can test positive for low levels of Clenbuterol after consuming contaminated meat. That finding has led to WADA reviewing their recommended results management rules governing adverse findings for Clenbuterol.

The WBC has been at the forefront of handling Clenbuterol cases consistently with the new WADA standard. In the Clenbuterol positive cases detected since the WBC implemented the WBC Clean Boxing Program the athletes have been allowed to provide documentation and evidence that shows whether the athlete unknowingly consumed meat contaminated with Clenbuterol in or from these high-risk countries.

The levels of Clenbuterol and related substances found in WBC CBP cases to date (e.g., Canelo Alvarez, Francisco Vargas and Luis Nery) have been significantly lower than the new WADA standard. Even before the new WADA standard, the WBC has consistently treated those cases accordingly, thus, after an extensive investigation, the WBC did not penalize the affected athletes.

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