Sprinter Gil Roberts wins 'passionate kiss' appeal

Updated: Jan 28, 2018, 09:55 IST | A Correspondent

American sprinter Gil Roberts, who took gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men's 4x400 relay, won an appeal of his doping ban after a US arbitration panel agreed with his "passionate kissing" defence

Gil Roberts
Gil Roberts

American sprinter Gil Roberts, who took gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men's 4x400 relay, won an appeal of his doping ban after a US arbitration panel agreed with his "passionate kissing" defence. Roberts tested positive for traces of probenecid, a masking agent, and was suspended for four years last May, but an arbitrator overturned the ban last July, backing Roberts' claim that the positive test was caused by passionate kissing.

Roberts said his girlfriend, Alex Salazar was sick and had taken sinus medication, drugs that entered his body after passionate kissing. A panel sided with Roberts earlier this week in denying an appeal of his overturned ban by the WADA with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling it most likely the presence of probenecid in the athlete's system resulted from kissing. Anti-doping officials called Roberts reckless for even the inadvertent violation.

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