Egyptian, Bulgarian Swimmers Handed 4 Year Doping Bans

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Two four-year doping bans were recently handed to Egyptian swimmer Mohamed Waleed Saad El Mozayen and Bulgarian swimmer Dobromira Ivanova by the Egyptian Swimming Federation and the Bulgarian Olympic Committee respectively. For both athletes, this was their first doping violation.

Waleed, a 21-year-old swimmer from Egypt, was found to have testosterone in his urine after he was tested while at a competition on April 3, 2017. The testosterone found in his urine violates Class S1.1B Endogenous Anabolic Androgenous Steroids of FINA’s Prohibited List. The Disciplinary Committee of the Egyptian Swimming Federation ruled that he would be ineligible for competition for four years beginning July 26, 2017 and ending on July 25, 2021.

Ivanova was also handed a retroactive four-year doping sanction, beginning February 15, 2018 and ending February 14, 2022, by the Bulgarian Olympic Committee. At a testing on December 20, 2017, Ivanova tested positive for the substance D-methamphetamine, amphetamine, and a metabolite of D-methamphetamine (Class S6.a).

The Bulgarian athlete is most known as a butterfly specialist, holding both the short and long course meter national records for Bulgaria in the 50 and 100 fly.

FINA contributed to this report. 


  1. Carol Goodey

    Drug cheats should be banned for life