The reigning European champion Sandra Perković (CRO ) has tested positive for a banned stimulant. She now faces a two-year ban.
Her club Dinamo Zrinjevac announced that the 21-year-old Perković tested positive for methylhexanamine after last month’s Diamond League meetings in Rome and Shanghai.
Dinamo says the women´s discus sensation Perković claimed to be ignorant that methylhexanamine was part of another substance she was using to increase muscle mass.
“The only thing I can say is that Sandra has never been nor will take dope!” her coach Ivan Ivancic said.
Perković could now miss the world championships in South Korea and the 2012 London Olympics.
She won the European title in Barcelona in 2010 with a final throw of 64.67 meters. Her best throw of 69.99 meters was earlier this year. It was also the best throw in the last 12 years.