Two Egyptians, One Croatian Hit With FINA Doping Suspensions

30 April 2015; Competitors during the heats of the women's 100m freestyle event. 2015 Irish Open Swimming Championships, National Aquatic Centre, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Photo Courtesy: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

FINA, the world governing body for aquatic sports, handed down doping suspensions to three athletes, including a water polo player and two swimmers.

Both swimmers, Norhan Naser Salah and Shehab Mohamed Younis, hail from Egypt and tested positive during a swim meet in Egypt in late November 2014. Salah tested positive for the banned stimulant Ephedrine while Younis tested positive for multiple banned drugs. Androsterone, Eticholanolone, Testosterone and Androstane, all of which are classified as steroids.

Salah is currently serving a two-year suspension that began December 17. Younis’ two-year ban, however, started this past February.

Younis, 26, competed in the 2012 Olympics, placing 34th in the 50 freestyle with a 23.16. He was 49th in the 50 free at the 2013 world championships. Egypt withdrew from the 2014 short course world championships in Qatar, where Younis was set to compete.

Younis’s troubles came from not declaring a medication he had been taking to the proper authorities, Swimming World has learned. Younis is looking to have his suspension reduced as a result of the mishap.

Water polo player Niksa Dobud of Croatia is serving a four-year ban after refusing to take an out-of-competition drug test in March, a violation of FINA policy. After an investigation proved the violation of FINA policy, Dobud was hit with the required four-year suspension for first-time violators. Doboud’s suspension ends April 12, 2019.

Dobud, 30, was part of Croatia’s gold medal-winning squad at the 2012 Olympics. Croatia has won three bronze medals at the world championships, and Dobud was a part of the 2009, 2011 and 2013 teams.

5 comments

  1. Mark Mcnulty

    If water polo players are taking drugs when there is relatively little financial reward what could the scale of this be in other (more financially driven) sports!

  2. Issam Zeraidi

    Amine Kouame lol lis moi cet article! Tu reconnaîtras le nageur

    • Amine Kouame

      Androsterone, Eticholanolone, Testosterone and Androstane…. il lui reste pas grand chose