The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed UFC heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk (18-5-1, 1NC) of a potential anti-doping Meldonium infraction, but that he will not be suspended and his bout with Alexey Oleynik (50-9-1) scheduled for UFC Fight Night 91 can proceed.
USADA’s decision revolves around the substance Meldonium and the lack of conclusive empirical evidence regarding it’s benefits.
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The UFC posted a statement July 1st on its website.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Daniel Omielanczuk of a potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation involving Meldonium, a prohibited substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. USADA further informed UFC that due to recent WADA statements regarding the handling of Meldonium cases, they will not be issuing a provisional suspension to Omielanczuk at this time. Accordingly, Omielanczuk has not been removed from his scheduled bout against Alexy Oleinik in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on July 13, 2016.
Further information concerning WADA’s Meldonium statements may be found on the WADA website.
According to the WADA documents, while Meldonium is a prohibited substance, “there is currently a lack of clear scientific information on excretion times. For this reason, a hearing panel might justifiably find (unless there is specific evidence to the contrary) that an athlete who has established on the balance of probabilities that he or she ingested meldonium before 1 January 2016 could not reasonably have known or suspected that the meldonium would still be present in his or her body on or after 1 January 2016. In these circumstances, WADA considers that there may be grounds for no fault or negligence on the part of the athlete.”
Meldonium is the same substance that tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for. She was issued a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13th at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Michael McDonald takes on John Lineker in the main event.