FINA announced today that Bulgarian swimmer Aleksandar Nikolov has been banned for two years after testing positive for the substance Stanozolol, a Class S.1.1 Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid at the Bulgarian Short Course Meters National Championships.
His ban is dated effective March 23rd, 2013.
Nikolov is primarily a sprinter, having been 24.47 and 52.08 in the 50 and 100 freestyles in long course, and is also a solid butterflier, with a 56.17 in the 100 fly in long course.
He was Bulgaria’s National Champion in the 100 free, the 50 fly, and the 100 fly, and was 3rd in the 200 free (1:52.44) at the meet where he tested positive.
Stanozolol is a synthetic steroid is the same one that infamously Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used in the 1980’s, and the one that many high-profile professional baseball players have tested positive for or accused of taking.
The drug helps athletes lose fat while preserving lean body mass (specifically muscle).