Marko Strahija Doping Suspension Lifted

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 29. FINA has elected to lift its doping suspension of Croatian Marko Strahija from a positive test on Nov. 8, 2007, as reported here.

Strahija tested positive for hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) which is a hormone produced by women during pregnancy. Its primary role is to help maintain progesterone during pregnancy.

According to a release from FINA:

In the light of the clinical documentation submitted by Mr. Strahija, the FINA Executive, upon the recommendation of the FINA DCRB, has decided that there is no sufficient basis to proceed further with the case of Mr. Marko Strahija as per FINA Rule DC 7.1.11.

Consequently, the provisional suspension imposed on Marko Strahija on 12 December 2007 is lifted and Mr. Strahija can resume competing immediately.