High Jump Champ Baniotis Fails Drug Test, Could Be Banned For Two Years

Joining a list of other Greek athletes found to have used drugs to enhance their performances, Greek high jump champion Costas Baniotis has tested positive for a banned substance, the Greek track and field federation (SEGAS) said.

Baniotis, 27, who won gold in this year’s Mediterranean Games, was detected to have used furosemide, a banned diuretic, at a random out-of-competition check conducted on November 28 by the Greek anti-doping agency (ESKAN).

He could have bypassed the test as he had also been inspected by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in October but took it anyway. There was no word on why he did.

He is now risking a ban of up to two years, but could also get leniency if he proves that he unknowingly took the banned substance through nutrition supplements or one of the drugs he took after the operation he has had.

Baniotis is sthe second Greek high jump champion to be caught up in a failed drug tests in the last couple of years after Dimitris Hondrokoukis was banned just before the London Olympics in 2012.

WADA has included furosemide in the banned substances’ list due to its alleged use as a masking agent for other drugs.