In light of recent allegations surrounding his doping case, Issam Asinga, the youngest run under 10 seconds for the 100m, has come forward with a detailed statement addressing the charges against him. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Asinga following an alleged anti-doping violation related to a urine sample he provided out of competition on 18 July.
In his statement released in an Instagram post on Friday, 11 August, Asinga clarified, “As you may have read, the AIU has charged me and provisionally suspended me for an alleged anti-doping violation related to a urine sample I provided out of competition at my home on 18 July.”
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Asinga went on to recount his commitment to clean sportsmanship, highlighting his participation in the registered testing pool during his high school season.
He emphasized his historic achievements, stating, “During the high school season, I agreed to be a part of the registered testing pool, as I recognized I was having a historic season. I have been tested before, and after this alleged offense. On 10 June I ran 10.02 wind legal, and a wind aided 9.83.
“The AIU tested me at home the next day, and that result is negative. I then competed at a World Athletics Gold Level meet 2 weeks later in New York (24 June).”
The athlete further detailed his participation in a World Athletics Gold Level meet in New York on 24 June, just two weeks after his commendable run.
The sample under scrutiny was taken on 18 July, but Asinga was quick to point out that he was tested again a week later at the South American Championships on 28 July. This event saw him setting a World U20 Record.
He added, “The sample in question is 18 July. I was tested a week later at the South American Championships (28 July), where I set a World U20 Record. With the AIU’s assistance, the Rio laboratory in Brazil expedited an analysis of my sample which also came back negative last night (10 August).”
To provide context on the alleged amount found in his urine sample, Asinga explained, “The alleged amount found in my urine sample is 0.2 nanograms per ml (0.0000002mg/ml). For context, a single grain of salt is approximately 58,500 nanograms (0.0585mg).”
He further assured that all his supplements are NSF and BSCG batch tested for WADA banned substances.
Asinga concluded his statement by expressing his respect for the AIU’s processes and his commitment to compliance.
He acknowledged the responsibility he holds as a role model for the next generation of track stars, stating, “I respect the AIU’s processes, and I will continue to comply, as we work to find out what has happened. My team and I are aware that the next generation of track stars is looking up to me, and I would never intentionally let them down.
“The AIU has agreed to test my B sample, before the World Championships next week. Until that time, I will remain steadfast and wait.”
The World Championships are set to commence next week, and the track and field community eagerly awaits the resolution of this case.
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