The Puerto Rican distance runner Alexander Torres was suspended for two years after obtaining an adverse analytical result in a doping control and will not be able to compete again until the March 20, 2025.
The athlete’s punishment appears in the latest list of sanctioned athletes published by the Puerto Rico Anti-Doping Organization (Prado, for its acronym in English).
The document – in which other competitors appear – confirms that the punishment begins on March 21, 2023, the day the athlete’s positive test was announced and when he was provisionally suspended.
The document declares that Torres violated articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the Anti-Doping Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA, for its acronym in English). The first punishes the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample, while the second punishes the use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method.
The competitor failed an out-of-competition test carried out at his home on December 3, 2022. Prado identified the prohibited substance found in a urine test as chlorothiazide and its metabolite hydrochlorothiazide. This substance falls into category S-5 of WADA’s 2022 list of prohibited substances, identified as diuretics and inhibitors.
In summary, chlorothiazide is a diuretic generally used by people who have chronic hypertension problems, heart conditions or some kidney condition and due to its ability to help eliminate water from the body it is recognized within the organizations that combat doping as a masking agent of other substances.
The athlete appealed this result, which has finally been confirmed.
Torres did story March 5, 2023 during the celebration of the 61st edition of the San Blas Half Marathon when he became the first Puerto Rican runner to win the men’s division since his international stage with a time of 1h03.58.