Catch the falling stars
In the light of Maria Sharapova's fall from grace, here a few prominent sportspersons who tested positive for illegal substances in recent years.
March 09, 2016 03:46 am | Updated November 17, 2021 02:03 am IST
Maria Sharapova (left) and Lance Armstrong.
Canadian Ben Johnson wins the high-profile 100m race against Carl Lewis at the Seoul Olympics but is stripped of his gold medal after the anabolic steroid Stanazol is detected in his urine sample.
Diego Maradona, one of the world’s greatest footballers, is banned for 15 months for taking ephedrine, a stimulant, during the World Cup Finals in the US. It was his second ban for drug-taking.
Czech Republic’s tennis star Petr Korda, the Australian Open champion who was once ranked World No. 2, tests positive for anabolic steroid nandrolone, gets a one-year ban.
Rajasthan government takes over RCA, Modi becomes chairman of RCA. Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar, N. Srinivasan and Co. take charge at BCCI. Modi inducted into BCCI working committee. Soon elevated to vice-president.
Australian cricket great Shane Warne returns home from the World Cup after testing positive for drugs hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride, both diuretics normally used to aid temporary weight loss but they could also be used as masking agents for performance-enhancing drugs.
Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and the 2005 World champion, tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs and receives a four-year ban from athletics. He begins competing again in 2010.
On December 12, the International Olympic Committee strips Marion Jones of the five medals (three gold, two bronze) she won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics after the American admits using BALCO’s steroid THG from 2001 to 2002.
Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner admits to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Malaysian World No. 1 badminton star Lee Chong Wei, a two-time Olympic silver medallist, is handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping in April. He had tested positive for an anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the World Championship a few months before that.
From the archives:
>Shane Warne fails dope test, out of World Cup
>Leave us alone, says Marion Jones
>Justin Gatlin reveals drug test failure