Written by Krishna Bora, B.Sc. (Microbiology) | 
Medically Reviewed by dr. simi paknikar, MD on Apr 18, 2016

Some Famous Doping Cases

Some famous doping cases in sports are listed below. The period over which drugs are normally retained in the body are also mentioned.

The Famous CaseDrug TakenDuration of Retention of Drug
Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani cricketer was given a two year ban in 2006 for testing positive for nandrolone. Shoaib was sent back to Pakistan and missed out competing for the Champions Trophy.Nandrolone18 Months
Former three time champion James Toney tested positive for boldenone and stanozolol after a fight costing him the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavy weight championship.Boldenone18 Months
Barry Bonds, the greatest baseball player of USA was banned from playing in the year 2011.Methenolone9 Months
Eight track runners from Monaco including Bulgarian sprinter Inna Eftimova have been banned from London Olympics 2012.Testosterone mix3-6 Months
Several successful athletes and professional bodybuilders have come forward and admitted long-term methandriol use before the drug was banned, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva.Methandriol3-6 Months
USA Baseball champion Barry Bonds, athlete and track superstar Marion Jones, and Garry Sheffield the famous baseball player along with boxer Shane Mosley confessed using oxymetholone orally.Oxymetholone1-1.5 Months
On Monday, May 7 2012, Major League Baseball suspended the San Francisco Giant’s reliever Guillermo Mota for 100 games after he tested positive for the performance enhancing drug, clenbuterol.Clenbuterol1-2 Weeks
Ben Johnson lost his gold medal against Carl Lewis in 1980 Olympics Games after testing positive for stanozolol after the games.Stanozolol10 Days


  1. ATHLETE GUIDE TO THE 2020 PROHIBITED LIST - (http://www.usantidoping.org/files/active/what/usada_guide.pdf)

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