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Soliman doping update

By Malte Müller-Michaelis

Thomas Putz, President of the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB), firmly rejects all accusations from the team of middleweight contender Sam Soliman in respect to Soliman’s positive doping test in his IBF elimination bout against Felix Sturm on February 1st in Germany. “I have read some statements from team Soliman which I cannot leave unanswered”, said Putz. “There have been no ‘irregularities’ at all as claimed by team Soliman. The whole testing was under supervision of the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA). When I was informed about the positive result, I immediately informed team Soliman and the IBF. Team Soliman already replied that they want the B sample to be opened. Originally they requested that the B sample should be shipped to Australia and opened there but the NADA informed me that according to International Laboratory Standards the B sample has to be checked at the same place where the A sample was checked. However, they are free to witness the opening and the whole procedure to confirm and guarantee that there are no ‘irregularities.’ At the moment we are waiting for team Soliman’s response who will attend the checking of the B sample and when they want this to happen.”

Putz also made clear what happens if the B sample should confirm the finding of prohibited stimulants from the A sample. “I am in close contact to the IBF and we agree that if the result of the A sample is confirmed, Soliman will be suspended and fined and the result of the bout will be changed to a no contest. We need to keep our sport clean.”

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