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Q&A: Donaire commits to year-round random drug testing
WBO junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire will pioneer a move for year-round, random drug testing of blood and urine to be conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.
RingTV.com caught up to WBO junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire and spoke to the pound-for-pound rated boxer about his newly announced commitment to year-round, random drug testing to be conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
The move by Donaire (28-1, 18 knockouts) comes in the wake of consecutive positive drug tests for banned substances by IBF and WBA junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson and former two-time welterweight beltholder Andre Berto.
Peterson's positive test for testosterone led to the cancelation of his rematch with Amir Khan. Berto's positive result for the banned substance norandrosterone did the same for his rematch with Victor Ortiz.
Donaire said that participation is encouraged but not mandatory for his opponents, who can be sponsored through VADA and private donors in relation to the the agreement. Donaire said the policy will not begin until the day after his July 7 unification fight with IBF beltholder Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs).
"I've always been this way. So to me, this is not a distraction. This is me asking people to participate in the way that I best know how to ask. As I have said, all along, I have never tried to hide anything," said Donaire.
"I've been honest with everything. This makes me want to learn more about the body, going through this in a clean way and learning what the human capabilities are."
Donaire works with former BALCO founder Victor Conte, who also served in a similar capacity with Berto. Berto has since admitted that his positive test was the result of an association with someone other than Conte.
Donaire was among the first boxers to work with Conte, who once served a prison stint for his work with illegal performance-enhancing drugs, building a four-year career out of helping professional athletes circumvent Olympic-style drug testing policies until BALCO was raided in 2003.
But since exiting prison, Conte has busied himself with Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC), an organization that supplies legal sports nutrition products and supplements.
Donaire spoke more about the process to RingTV.com:
RingTV.com: How does it work in regard to your opponent that he can obtain a sponsorship to absorb the cost of the drug testing?
RingTV.com: But you would still fight the opponent if he elected not to participate in the random VADA testing?
I believe that it's a good example to set and that it's good for the sport of boxing. Hopefully, I can encourage other people to take this stance as well. But really, it doesn't matter if they choose to take it or not.
It would be good for them to do it to show that both of us are fighting clean and that we're getting there naturally with our abilities.
I think that if they do want the fight to happen, truly, and everything goes well with the negotiation process. This drug testing shouldn't be the only thing that stops us.
Regardless if it's the fighter and the testing or the promoter and the testing. It should be a go and we should still be able to make the fight happen. Everything should go according to plan.
In case I do get sick or do require medication, I need to know what is the risk and what is okay for me to take and all of that.
That's something that I should write down for my own inquiries. That's something that I need to know of for myself.
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