Issam Asinga: AIU slams 19-year-old speedster with four-year ban

Issam Asinga: AIU slams 19-year-old speedster with four-year ban

Funmilayo Fameso 16:27 - 27.05.2024

The AIU has banned Issam Asinga for four years for using a prohibited substance.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned rising speedster Issam Asinga for four years after the use of prohibited substances (GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide).

According to the AIU, the 19-year-old Surinamese was found to have breached the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (ADR 2.1) relating to the “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”. 

Issam Asinga

Asinga was provisionally suspended by the AIU last August after testing positive for metabolites of GW1516 in an out-of-competition test on July 18.

Asinga, a US resident, argued the positive test resulted from a contaminated product, Gatorade Recovery Gummies for Athletes, which he was given at a ceremony in the USA on July 10, 2023, after winning the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Player-of-theYear. 

However, the Disciplinary Tribunal said Asinga “did not succeed in establishing, by a balance of probability, that the Gatorade Recovery Gummies were the source of the GW1516 metabolites detected in his Sample of 18 July 2023.”

Consequently, Asinga will have all competitive results since July 18 2023 disqualified, while also surrendering all titles and prizes. This includes his double-sprint victories at last year’s South American Outdoor Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

On July 28, 2023, he ran a record-breaking 9.89 seconds in the 100m final. Except for his ADRV, this performance would have eclipsed Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo’s mark of 9.91 seconds set at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali in 2022 and would have broken the 35-year-old South American 100m mark of 10.00s set by Robson da Silva. Two days later, Asinga also won the 200m title.