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FIFA disqualifies Ivorian Gbouo for the same banned substance as Valieva

In the doping test of the goalkeeper of the Ivory Coast national team Sylvain Gbouo, a banned substance trimetazidine was found, in which the Russian figure skater is suspected of using. The 33-year-old goalkeeper was suspended for a year and a half

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FIFA Disciplinary Committee has suspended Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbouo for 18 months for an anti-doping rule violation. About it reported on the FIFA website.

Gbouo’s doping test, taken on November 16 last year after one of the World Cup qualifying matches, contained the banned substance trimetazidine.

The period of suspension of the 33-year-old goalkeeper is counted from December 23, 2021.

Gbouo plays in Ethiopia for the Walkite City club. He has 65 caps for the Ivory Coast national team.

Earlier, trimetazidine was found in a doping test of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who got into a scandal at the Beijing Olympics. The results of testing became known after the end of the team competitions of figure skaters at the Games, in which the Russian team with Valieva won.

Due to Valieva’s case, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not hold an awards ceremony following the team tournament in Beijing. The fact is that CAS made a decision only on the admission of the skater, the court did not consider the issue of medals. Further proceedings on the doping test are handled by RUSADA. RUSADA stated that they plan to complete the investigation by August, but they do not have a strict deadline.

Trimetazidine is used to treat cardiac problems, but has been banned in athletes since 2015. Valieva explained that the illegal drug entered her body by the fact that her grandfather took it for the heart, and as a result, domestic “pollution” occurred.

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