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Russia’s boxer Aloyan denies taking banned drugs after hackers leak medical info

September 15, 9:01 UTC+3 NOVOSIBIRSK
Earlier on Thursday, the Fancy Bear hackers published a new batch of documents on their website containing "confidential athlete data of 25 athletes, from eight countries, into the public domain
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Misha Aloyan

Misha Aloyan

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

NOVOSIBIRSK, September 15. /TASS/. Russian boxer and silver medalist at the Rio Olympics Misha Aloyan told TASS on Thursday he has never taken any banned substances.

Earlier on Thursday, the Fancy Bear hackers published a new batch of documents on their website showing that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) allowed 25 athletes from eight countries to take banned substances. Among those athletes are 14 medal winners at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The only Russian athlete on the list is boxer Misha Aloyan. According to the info, Aloyan tested positive on August 21 for tuaminoheptane, a nasal decongestant drug.

"How can one take any doping while being under rigorous surveillance every day? There is no sense in doing this. I have never taken any banned substances - this is my principle of life, this is impossible when being under this watchful eye," Aloyan said.

"There will be investigation now, everything will be as usual - there will be a probe and then we will see. That’s why I cannot say anything now," he added.

A representative of the Novosibirsk Center of High Sports Mastery in Western Siberia where Aloyan trains told TASS earlier that the substance found in the athlete’s doping test, according to the data published by the mass media, is included in many drugs for treating a runny nose. But Aloyan did not take such medication even during the Olympics Games.

WADA is due to give an official response to this situation within 24 hours, the representative said, adding that Aloyan has not received any data on the banned substance allegedly found in the doping test.

The director general of the Novosibirsk center, Viktor Zakharov, told TASS he is absolutely sure that Aloyan is a clean athlete. "We cannot believe that he could take any banned substances," he said.

Aloyan won silver at the Olympics in 52 kg weight class competition. The boxer was born on August 23, 1988 in Armenia (then part of the USSR). He is also a bronze medalist of the 2012 Olympics, world champion (2011, 2013), bronze medalist of the 2009 World Cup and the European Champion of 2010. He lives in Novosibirsk.

The first batch of documents was published by the hacker group on September 13, containing personal data of four US athletes - gymnast Simone Biles, tennis players Serena and Venus Willians, basketball player Elena Delle Donne. WADA claims that Russian hackers were behind the cyber attack.

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