A trio of Bulgarian track athletes will be sitting out 2 years due to doping violation. One is sprinter Texdzhan Naimova, who -- taking a page out of the Russian playbook -- manipulated urine samples. (To Focus)
Naimova is sanctioned because of manipulating urine example in doping test. After collecting indisputable proofs about her deed BTFAF immediately initiated an inquiry including hearing to Naimova and presenting her proofs. According to regulations of International Association of Athletics Federations BTFAF ceased her competition rights on 30 September 2008. Naimova admitted her guilt and is ready to bear any sanction.
The sanction comes into force on 30 September 2008.
The others used an anabolic steroid:
Vanya Netova and Raya Stoyneva have given positive doping results on metanolon. The first athlete was tested during competitions for Europe Cup in Istanbul and the second one was tested at Balkaniada in Kastoria, Greece. Netova replaced contused Dobrinka Shalamanova in 3000 m of hurdle-race and Stoynova took part in 400 m of hurdle-race instead of tsvetelina Kirilova that was preparing for Olympiad.
B examples of both athletes that have confirmed the positive results of A examples are opened.
Netova’s two-years of penalty comes into force on 28 July 2008 and the Stoynova’s sanctions is in force since 19 August 2008. Their competition rights were stopped on the same dates.
The head of Bulgaria's anti-doping agency says he is shocked:
I was shocked by these two athletes’ behavior and mainly by Tezdzhan Naimova, President of BTFAF Dobromir Karamarinov commented. The positive moment in Naimova’s case is that she confirmed her guilt and declared her readiness to bear any sanction. That is the motive accepted as mitigating circumstance by BTFAF’s Board of Managers so it imposed a minimal sanction in these cases - two years.
Netova and Stoynova are athletes of club stage and the fact that they have not prepared for championships purposefully does not exculpate them. Stoynova and Netova were imposed with two years of sanction each.