Canberra’s Bianca Elmir rubbed out of Olympic with doping ban

johnboy 16 May 2012 42

Foxsports have the sad news that Canberra boxer Bianca Elmir has tested positive to diuretics (banned because they can mask more serious performance enhancing substances) and won’t be going to the London Olympics:

According to reports, Elmir tested positive to a diuretic while competing at the Australian titles in February where she won the 51kg division.

The weight class is one of three divisions being held in the first women’s boxing program at an Olympics, but Elmir was banned from competing at the world championships, which are being held in China – the main qualification route to London.

Boxing Australia officials refused to comment on the issue, which is still before the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the 30-year-old facing a maximum two-year ban.

Elmir was replaced in the Australian squad at the world championships by Kristy Harris, who lost in the first round.

Elmir reportedly told ASADA she took the tablet to stop swollen ankles on long flights, having been given the medication from a friend while training in Ireland before the national titles.

Got the medication from a friend? Oh dear.


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chewy14 chewy14 12:07 pm 18 May 12

justin heywood said :

Jeez, what a tough, cynical crowd. Who hasn’t made a stupid mistake that, if discovered, could have risked their job, their relationship, their health?

The difference here is that this woman came within an ace of attaining a goal that most of us only dream of – the Olympic Games. That she lost the chance because of a stupid mistake only makes it more tragic.

So you’re assuming that it was a mistake? Why?

carnardly carnardly 10:21 am 18 May 12

justin heywood said :

That she lost the chance because of a stupid mistake only makes it more tragic.

But its her bagging of the testing and appeals process, ASADA and saying its not fair that gets up my nose – both from her, and her manager/publicist. The rules and medications are there for all and sundry to see. It IS fair.

JessP JessP 10:03 am 18 May 12

johnboy said :

I’m really sorry, but “a mate gave me this pill” is really not good enough.

Totally agreed. Many of us make mistakes but we arent moments away from competing in the Olympics. After going through years of hard work why would you stuff it up by taking something given to you by a friend? Athletes at her level are aware of the strict rules on drugs but yet she still did it?

I feel very sorry for her, but really she has bought this on herself.

johnboy johnboy 10:03 pm 17 May 12

I’m really sorry, but “a mate gave me this pill” is really not good enough.

justin heywood justin heywood 7:16 pm 17 May 12

Jeez, what a tough, cynical crowd. Who hasn’t made a stupid mistake that, if discovered, could have risked their job, their relationship, their health?

The difference here is that this woman came within an ace of attaining a goal that most of us only dream of – the Olympic Games. That she lost the chance because of a stupid mistake only makes it more tragic.

JessP JessP 3:04 pm 17 May 12

Madam Cholet said :

She may have taken it to reduce ankle sweilling, but she’s proven herself a complete dummy. It just doesn’t cut it to say that you didn’t think it would matter. I’m not an elite athlete, but if I was I wouldn’t even take a headache tablet without checking.

Yes Disinformation, we have all answered our phones whilst driving, but we also are very aware that if we get caught we have no excuses and will pay the price. I’ll remember her as the dummy who could’ve made it the first time round if she just used her brain. I’d also advise her to sack her coach/manager.

+1

Foolish foolish girl. An elite athlete doesnt take a pill from a friend. Stupid.

zippyzippy zippyzippy 2:13 pm 17 May 12

#34SnapperJack said: “Yeah, JB. I saw that front cover of the local gay magazine Fuse with her picture on Channel Nine’s news. Well, she’s a woman who boxes – what would you expect?”

What does this mean?

carnardly carnardly 1:55 pm 17 May 12

“bam bam”? oh please….

SnapperJack SnapperJack 12:55 pm 17 May 12

johnboy said :

“part of the family”

Yeah, JB. I saw that front cover of the local gay magazine Fuse with her picture on Channel Nine’s news. Well, she’s a woman who boxes – what would you expect?

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 10:59 am 17 May 12

She may have taken it to reduce ankle sweilling, but she’s proven herself a complete dummy. It just doesn’t cut it to say that you didn’t think it would matter. I’m not an elite athlete, but if I was I wouldn’t even take a headache tablet without checking.

Yes Disinformation, we have all answered our phones whilst driving, but we also are very aware that if we get caught we have no excuses and will pay the price. I’ll remember her as the dummy who could’ve made it the first time round if she just used her brain. I’d also advise her to sack her coach/manager.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 10:49 am 17 May 12

johnboy said :

Interesting.

Bianca’s a Green staffer.

According to the story, a *former* greens staffer.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 10:46 am 17 May 12

HenryBG said :

Or, maybe, they’re at the Library reading books instead of working on an acquired brain injury at the gym?

Dumb people are too busy reading books at the library to go to a boxing gym? Fair enough.

johnboy johnboy 9:42 am 17 May 12
carnardly carnardly 9:39 am 17 May 12

LSWCHP said :

Why can’t athletes take whatever drugs they damn well please?

If someone wants to choke down 5 kilos of mixed roids and speed so that they can run 100m in 2.3 seconds, then so what? They will probably suffer health problems as a result of doing so, but if they’re adults who’ve made an informed decision then what’s the problem?

Absolutely – let athletes take whatever they want. But *IF* they get chucked out for producing a positive test because the rules say drugs X Y and Z are banned, don’t bloody whinge about it…

HenryBG HenryBG 10:40 pm 16 May 12

LSWCHP said :

Why can’t athletes take whatever drugs they damn well please?

If someone wants to choke down 5 kilos of mixed roids and speed so that they can run 100m in 2.3 seconds, then so what? They will probably suffer health problems as a result of doing so, but if they’re adults who’ve made an informed decision then what’s the problem?

I’ve never understood why they pander to the yanks and test for cannabis – it’s not exactly a performance-enhancening drug, so how is having a spliff any kind of cheating? It’s just gratuitous persecution.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 7:15 pm 16 May 12

Why can’t athletes take whatever drugs they damn well please?

If someone wants to choke down 5 kilos of mixed roids and speed so that they can run 100m in 2.3 seconds, then so what? They will probably suffer health problems as a result of doing so, but if they’re adults who’ve made an informed decision then what’s the problem?

HenryBG HenryBG 6:24 pm 16 May 12

Disinformation said :

…. her split second decision to try and avoid swollen ankles on an international flight.

Yes, I can see it now:

“Uh, oh, I’m about to get swollen ankles! Quick! What do I do?! I only have a split second to decide! I know! I’ll ignore the fact I’m a professional athlete! I’ll quickly pop this random pill that some random person gave me for some random reason definitely not related to getting swollen ankles because this is definitely just a split-second decision! Gulp!”

Ha ha. Comedy gold from Disinformation.

vg vg 6:08 pm 16 May 12

“None of you have ever answered your phone in your car by hand, or held your steering wheel with your knee, failed to check your pockets before throwing clothes in the wash basket, checked your pockets for keys before shutting the door, or sent an imperfect text or email.”

I have done all that.

One thing I haven’t done is take substances banned by my sport. So whilst I may be an imperfect text sender I’m not a drug cheat.

Grow up a bit. I’ve lived, trained and competed with elite level athletes, They all know to check. Your excusing of them is pathetic.

“And if she turns up at the next Olympics and picks a gold up for her trouble, will you remember her as the girl you think is a drug cheat or the girl who came good to win a medal for Australia?”

Yes I will remember her as a drug cheat, but she will have ‘done her time’ so to speak then. You may have heard of Dwain Chambers? I mean you’re ‘associated’ with elite athletes and all

dvaey dvaey 6:08 pm 16 May 12

Disinformation said :

1. No mention has been made of the amount of time prior to this wherethere has been no evidence of any drug taking.
2. A drug which is used as a masking agent was found. No traces of any other drugs have been detected.

Do you understand what a masking agent does? The whole point of a masking agent is to remove any traces of other drugs, hence why they are not allowed. Just because someone only tests positive once in an olympic year and has a clean history before that, hardly excuses the positive test.

Disinformation said :

I am associated with many elite level athletes across several sports. This should not be unusual for people in Canberra. Not one of them has a comprehensive knowledge of what compounds are in common use which are technically banned substances.

We are not just talking about junior footy on the weekend, we are talking the Olympics, the highest sporting level an athlete can achieve in their life. If someones entire life goal (with the detailed emphasis on eatting perfectly, training perfectly) is about making the olympics, they would have to be living under a rock to not know about drug testing. The mere fact that theyve even made it to that level presumably means theyve probably been drug tested before and would have been talked to about this issue by their doctor/manager/coach, so should be familiar with the rules.

Disinformation said :

And if she turns up at the next Olympics and picks a gold up for her trouble, will you remember her as the girl you think is a drug cheat or the girl who came good to win a medal for Australia?

Ill remember her as the girl who broke the rules, she is not necessarily a cheat, no-one has claimed she has cheated. Everyone is allowed to make mistakes, but an olympic athlete testing positive to a banned substance just months out from the Olympics, seems at worst deceptive and at best careless (how many olympians are careless about their health and wellbeing in the lead-up to the Olympics?)

carnardly carnardly 5:35 pm 16 May 12

http://asada.gov.au/media/index.html

Read it straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak – she was tested in february. the components are banned inside and outside of competition.

Even if you don’t know what compounds were in that pill – even the “check your substances” page shows the generic “diuretic” as banned.

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