'Kissing defense' leads to reversal of sprinter's drug ban

Gil Roberts

He failed an out-of-competition test on March 24, testing positive for probenecid, a diuretic and masking agent.

The case went to an arbitrator in June.

Roberts said his girlfriend got pills to treat a sinus infection from a "makeshift" pharmacy while on a trip in India and kept taking them in the U.S. Roberts said he gave her a smooch just before providing his urine sample and that medicine must have tainted it. A local "chemist" there directed her to take one capsule of Moxylong per day for a period of two weeks. She continued taking the medicine, which contained the masking agent probenecid, when she returned to the USA, and Roberts said bouts of intense smooching caused him to test positive.

"Whenever they were together, they kissed frequently and passionately", a USADA report released by TOI said.

The woman, Alex Salazar, continued to take the medicine when she returned to the US, breaking the capsule apart and pouring its contents into her mouth before swallowing with water. But the reason one American runner gave to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for his positive test might just take the cake.

Here's the thing though, Roberts isn't the first track athlete to blame KISSING on a positive drug test.

"He had no idea that kissing his girlfriend could lead to his ingesting a prohibited substance". Roberts, was part of Team USA's winning 4×400-meter relay team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished second in the 400, and will compete in August at the world championships in London.



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