November 1, 2019 / 2:32 PM / a month ago

Athletics: Belarusian high jumper suspended for doping

FILE PHOTO: Belarus' Dzmitry Nabokau in action at World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019 - REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian high jumper Dzmitry Nabokau has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance used to mask the presence of other drugs, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.

Nabokau’s suspension comes less than a month after the world championships ended in early October.

At the worlds in Doha, the 23-year-old Belarusian cleared 2.26 metres in qualifying but was later eliminated.

The AIU, which oversees integrity issues in international athletics, including doping, said Nabokau had tested positive for furosemide, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited diuretics and masking agents.

It did not say when the sample had been taken.

Nabokau, who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics, won silver at the world junior athletics championships in 2014.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by David Holmes

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