Justin Brownlee Fails Asian Games Doping Test: ITA Report

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In a statement released by the International Testing Agency (ITA), mandated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to independently manage aspects of the anti-doping program at the Hangzhou Asian Games, it is reported that a sample collected from naturalized Filipino basketball player Justin Brownlee has yielded an Adverse Analytical Finding for Carboxy-THC, a substance linked to cannabis and a specified Prohibited Substance, as outlined in the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"The sample was collected by the ITA at the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 during an in-competition anti-doping control performed on 7 October 2023. The Sample Collection Authority was the China Anti-Doping Agency. The athlete has been informed of the case. He has the right to request the analysis of the B-samples." the ITA said.

"The ITA wishes to clarify that some of the cases may not be final and may be in dispute before the Court of Arbitration for Sport," stated the testing agency.

Gilas Pilipinas beat Jordan 70-60 in the men's basketball gold medal match on October 6 with Justin Brownlee leading the way with a double-double of 20 points, along with 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block. Meanwhile, China secured the bronze by defeating Chinese Taipei 101-73.

In another ITA statement, reports that a sample collected from basketball player Sami Bzai from Jordan has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite, a banned steroid and a non-specified Prohibited Substance, according to the Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Bzai is also entitled to request the analysis of his B-samples.

Brownlee becomes the second Filipino athlete to test positive for doping, following the case of Ariana Evangelista from the cycling team. The ITA has issued a provisional suspension for Evangelista.

UPDATE: Justin Brownlee preparing to file appeal, says POC chief (via SPIN.ph)

(Please note that this article will be updated for new developments. Stay tuned for further updates.)


According to Article 11 of the Olympic Council of Asia's 2023 Anti-Doping Rules:

Article 11.1 - Testing of Team Sports: Where more than one (1) member of a team in a Team Sport has been notified of an anti-doping rule violation under Article 7 in connection with the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, the ITA shall conduct appropriate Target Testing of the team during the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Period.

Article 11.2 - Consequences for Team Sports: If more than two (2) members of a team in a Team Sport are found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Period, the CAS Anti-Doping Division shall impose an appropriate sanction on the team (e.g., loss of points, Disqualification from a Competition or Event, or other sanction) in addition to any Consequences imposed upon the individual Athletes committing the anti-doping rule violation.

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