Italian Masters Swimmer Suspended 6 Months for Doping

Italian Masters swimmer Marco Bolzan has been sanctioned after testing positive for the banned substance tuaminoheptane.

According to ChemEurope, tuaminoheptane is also known as a nasal decongestant. Because of the drug’s vasoconstriction abilities (the narrowing of blood vessels) and ability to produce norepinephrine, the drug is used as a stimulant. The norepinephrine release causes causes the body’s fight-or-flight response, which include increased heart rates and increased blood flow to muscles.

Bolzan’s sanction was released by NADO Italia on September 6th. He received a 6 month suspension along with a fine of € 378.00, equivalent to about 437 US dollars, to cover the proceedings.

The 26-year-old competed at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest. His best performance came in the 200 meter free, where he placed 49th at 2:11.97.

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2 years ago

Lol wow masters still dope???

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2 years ago

Dude needs steroids to go 2:11? Come on dude.

2 years ago

Lol that’s like a 14 year olds time and one at the upper end too

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2 years ago

Whoops lower end

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
2 years ago

Well, it’s hard to breathe through your nose when you’re congested.

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