FINA is reporting that Turkmenistani swimmer Hemra Nurmyradov, holder of five Turkmen national men’s swimming records, failed an in-competition drug test at last year’s FINA Short Course World Championships. He has received a two-year competition ban.
On December 3, 2014, after the 100m breaststroke, he tested positive to a host of prohibited substances, including nandrolone and testosterone
Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid that used to be used to treat osteoporosis in women because it helps to promote muscle growth and increased bone density. Other high-profile nandrolone-doping athletes include American track and field star Marion Jones, who ended up being stripped of her five Olympic medals.
Testosterone, while a naturally-occurring hormone in humans, is banned in cases of external administration to benefit athletic performance across a range of sports. Adverse effects can include increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.
At Short Course Worlds, Nurmyradov dropped over three seconds from his previous personal best in the 100m breast, posting a 1:07.25, and setting a new Turkmen National Record. That time, and his 31.37 in the 50m breast, another national record, have both been revoked.
The timing of the test may have saved Nurmyradov some time on his sentence. Due to tightened FINA regulations, he would have had to serve a four-year suspension had the negative test come in 2015, just 29 days later.
Currently, 24 FINA athletes are serving a period of ineligibility due to an anti-doping rule violation.