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Failed doping test keeps Costa Rican star out of Parapan American Games

August 27, 2019

Costa Rican athlete Sherman Güity is not competing in this week’s Parapan American Games after failing an anti-doping test.

According to Costa Rica’s National Olympic Committee (CON), a routine drug test of the sprinter detected Clostebol, an anabolic steroid which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. 

Güity claims he had not taken the drug for performance-enhancing purposes, saying Clostebol is an ingredient in a spray medication he had used to help heal a wound.

“We have been following up on this unfortunate situation with legal support and support for Sherman, aware that it has not been a situation that has been given to improve his performance with a doping substance but as a result of a small ambulatory surgery and ignorance of the product used,” said Henry Núñez, CON President.

Güity began training as a para-athlete after losing part of his left leg in a 2017 traffic accident. In May, he placed atop the world rankings in the 200-meter T64 at the 2019 Para Athletics Grand Prix and won gold in the 100-meter sprint.

Steven Román earned Costa Rica’s first medal at this week’s Parapan American Games with his performance in table tennis. 

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