Media statement: Three INBA bodybuilders receive sporting bans

16 May 2013

International Natural Bodybuilding Association’s (INBA) decision to impose sports bans on three bodybuilders for the attempted use, and presence and use of prohibited substances was today acknowledged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

Anita Nicolaou

Bodybuilder Ms Nicolaou admitted to the acquisition and attempted use of the prohibited substance Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on or before 25 May 2012. Ms Nicolaou was given a fifteen-month ban by the INBA for the attempted use of a prohibited substance. The athlete may return to competition on 3 January 2014.

The results Ms Nicolaou obtained from 15 November 2011 to 3 October 2012 are also disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including the forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Marina Boutzos

Bodybuilder Ms Boutzos tested positive to the prohibited substance Clenbuterol. The in-competition sample was collected on 23 September 2012 at the ACT Natural Physique Titles, Canberra.

Ms Boutzos was given a two-year ban by the INBA for the presence and use of a prohibited substance. The athlete may return to competition on 30 October 2014.

The results Ms Boutzos obtained from the ACT Natural Physique Titles are also disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including the forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Debbie Keen

Bodybuilder Ms Keen tested positive to the prohibited substances N, alpha-diethyl-Benzeneethanamine and 1-Phenylbutan-2-amine. The in-competition sample was collected on 23 September 2012 at the INBA Lifestyle Classic held at Bankstown.

Ms Keen was given a two-year ban by the INBA for the presence and use of prohibited substances. The athlete may return to competition on 2 November 2014.

The results Ms Keen obtained from the INBA Lifestyle Classic are also disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including the forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

During the sanction period the three athletes are ineligible to participate as an athlete or support person, in any sport that has adopted a World Anti-Doping Agency compliant anti-doping policy.