The Andy Murray positive drug’s story has been making the rounds in the media recently, mainly due to the fact that he failed a drugs test at an exhibition tournament. This is obviously bad news for Murray, who are arguably one of the world’s best tennis players, and one of its biggest stars. But what exactly did the British player do to receive such a negative headlines?
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The initial reports were that Andy Murray had been tested positive for cocaine, but this was quickly changed to cannabis. However, when the original news reports came out, it was claimed that all of the drugs had been cannabis. This means that not only did Murray have to contend with the test itself, but also with the stigma attached to using drugs in general. Many sports fans have expressed fears about the impact of positive drugs tests on the game; especially as it has been argued that tennis players are given performance enhancing drugs in order to help them win the game
Some UK newspapers have reported that urine samples from Andy Murray have tested positive for the recreational drug stanozol. This comes as news to many because stanozol is considered an illegal substance under UK law. The positive status of the test means that it is highly likely that another positive test will be announced soon. Sports bodies such as the British Tennis Association, the British Golf Association and Cycling Federation of Europe have all already issued statements saying that they are not putting any athletes under investigation for using performance enhancing drugs. They have also urged athletes to come forward and report any possible drug use.
Any positive test would cast doubt over Andy Murray’s eligibility to participate in the London Olympics in 2021. There will still be some skepticism about this, but hopefully this will be put to rest once all the facts have been made known. For the time being, Murray can focus on getting well and preparing for his games in the UK and Europe. He will have to prove himself to sports governing bodies and the press, but with the support of the British Tennis Association and other major sports bodies, he should be able to prove his innocence.