Russia’s 110 meters hurdles world champion Sergey Shubenkov took to Instagram to blast recent reports that he allegedly took a banned substance, furosemide, as slander, TASS reported.
On Wednesday, News.ru broke the news that the renowned Russian athlete tested positive for furosemide, citing its source.
“All information that I took furosemide, which was discovered in a [doping] sample, is brazen defamation invented by an unknown ‘source’. It never happened. Meanwhile, news feeds rushed to ardently repost this fake news without checking where it came from,” Shubenkov wrote.
“Indeed, I received a letter from the [AIU Athletics Integrity Unit – TASS]. It was not about furosemide at all; I cannot disclose the details of this confidential letter due to legal concerns. I will only emphasize that I am not subjected to any restrictions and train as normal,” the athlete added.
Shubenkov, 30, is a 110 meters hurdles world champion (2015) and European champion (2012, 2014).