Mike Alexandrov, who was on the U.S. national team and swam in the Olympics for Bulgaria, has accepted a one-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the agency announced Tuesday.
According to multiple sources, Alexandrov, 32, tested positive for benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine, which are found in cocaine. The results were found after a urine sample he provided at a meet in Santa Clara, California, in June, The Associated Press reported.
The former Northwestern national champion’s one-year ban began on Aug. 24, 2017, the day he returned from his official retirement, according to The Associated Press. He has been disqualified from all competitive results dating to June 4, 2017, when his positive sample was collected, and has forfeited any medals, points and prizes.
Cocaine falls under the class of stimulants and is prohibited in competition under USADA rules.
Alexandrov competed for Bulgaria in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics before changing his athletic citizenship to the United States in 2009. He told Swimming World over the summer that he was retiring from “competitive professional exploits.”
Read the full USADA announcement here.