The Sam Soliman camp has identified the cause of his failed drug test taken prior to his fight with Felix Sturm in Germany on February 1. According to journalist Ron Reed of the Herald Sun newspaper, the problem was caused by a caffeine beverage known as “Black Bombs.” Reportedly Soliman had been assured by both the supplier and manufacturer that the drink did not contain banned substances, however private testing confirmed that the drink contains the stimulant oxilofrine (listed on the NADA/WADA list of prohibited substances).
According to the Herald Sun, Team Soliman is arguing that the substance is not performance enhancing and doesn’t belong to any group of drugs banned by the IBF.
Team Sturm counters that oxilofrine is under the banned substances list of the BDB (the presiding boxing commission) and NADA/WADA. Further, although the IBF doesn’t list oxilofrine specifically in the anti-doping policy in the IBF-USBA bout rules, it does say in the “Drugs and Stimulants” paragraph, that the “use of drugs, stimulants or injections in any part of the body before or during a match to or by any boxer is prohibited.” Oxilofrine is considered a stimulant by NADA/WADA.
Also according to Team Sturm, Team Soliman themselves asked for NADA testing before the fight and made Felix Sturm go through various test routines. “They wanted NADA/WADA testing and now they want the substances on their banned list to be disregarded.
“We at Sturm Box-Promotion are strictly for a clean and fair sport of boxing. If you take a forbidden substance unknowingly, it does not mean you are not guilty. As a professional athlete you need to make sure that everything you take is clean. We will continue to observe the ongoing situation and await a resolution.”