Harry Pratt

British heavyweight Olubamiwo took 13 illegal substances

British heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo has been banned for four years for multiple drug-taking violations.

The 33-year-old from Hackney, east London, tested positive for blood-boosting EPO in January following a defeat to Sam Sexton. He has since pleaded guilty to using THIRTEEN banned substances over the last six years – both as an amateur and professional.

The list of the illegal drugs he consumed includes human growth hormone and anabolic steroids. Olubamiwo (10-3, 9 knockouts) has been stripped of all medals and titles won since January 1, 2006.

Olubamiwo was targeted by UK Anti-Doping after a tip-off from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, which was investigating the trafficking of sports-related drugs.

“This is an extreme example of someone who has engaged in an intentional and uncompromising doping program over a sustained period with little or no regard for his own health, the reputation of the sport he competed in, or his fellow competitors,” said UK Anti-Doping chief executive Andy Parkinson.

“The list of substances Mr Olubamiwo admits to taking is both alarming and disappointing. However, he is now banned for a period of four years thanks to information which informed our testing program. This reinforces the fact that testing in the UK is targeted and intelligence-led, and that law enforcement has an invaluable role to play in the fight against doping.”

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) is adamant news of Olubamiwo’s suspension is further evidence the crackdown on drug-taking in the sport is working.

“While this case is extremely sad for the boxing community as a whole, it demonstrates that cheats cannot hide and that doping will not be tolerated,” said BBBoC general secretary Robert Smith.

 

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