July 3, 2013
Russian swimmer suspended for steroids – two years
Talented 17-year old Russian sprinter Nikita Maksimov has been banned for a positive test for the substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone/ Oral Turinabol, classified by the World Anti-doping code as an Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids. Maksimove tested postitive in an out-of-competition doping controle. The Russian Federation handed him a two-year ban. His suspension is officially dated to begin as of April 3, 2013, which erases his results from the late-April Russian Championships. Maksimov was perhaps the next generation of a deep Russian sprint group; he had a best time of 51.3 in the 100 long course meter freestyle and a 55.7 in the 100 long course meter butterfly. He finished 27th at this year’s Russian Championships and World Championship trials meet in the 100 free; only two swimmers younger than him competed in that event. Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone is the steroid that was at the center of the massive East German doping scandal of the 1970′s and 1980′s that is reported to have been administered to some 10,000 citizens. Maksimov now becomes at least the 5th Russian swimmer to have some sort of doping sanction, reprimad, or suspension placed upon them in the last few months.