Team Sam Soliman's Statement on PED Test Claims

Sam Soliman's team have released a statement regarding the claims that he tested positive for a "designer drug" in the aftermath of his upset decision win over Felix Sturm in IBF middleweight eliminator on February 1 in Germany.

By Team Soliman

Doping rules exist to prevent unfairness in sports, including boxing. We applaud them. However, when organizations violate their own anti-doping rules and procedures, as has happened in this case, honest boxers like Sam Soliman can be falsely accused and suffer serious reputational harm. Mr. Soliman did not commit any doping offense whatsoever. He did not consume any substance outside the IBF rules of his bout, and conducted himself honorably, diligently, and in full compliance with the relevant IBF anti-doping provisions.

The A-Sample did not test positive for any substance identified under the relevant rules, and testing of the B-Sample, as yet unopened, with identical results will in no way change that truth. The B-Sample should be opened by a licensed, trusted, and impartial laboratory in the United States and tested for the relevant, agreed-upon substances under the proper conditions. We look forward to Mr. Soliman’s full exoneration and the continuation of his career as an athlete of integrity.

Mr. Sam Soliman is represented by an international team of sports-law experts: Michael Bates, Esq. Melbourne, Kurt Emhoff, Esq. Brooklyn, New York, Rick Collins, Esq. Mineola, New York, and Prof. Dr. Rainer Cherkeh, Hanover, Germany.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 03-25-2013

So what substances weren't "agreed upon"?

Comment by New England on 03-25-2013

[QUOTE=turnedup;13180449]"Tested for the agreed upon substances" Hmmm...why not test for everything? Boxing needs some outside oversight, testing is a flat out joke. Test me for a and b but I promise to not use c? 1% of each purse should…

Comment by Dr Rumack on 03-25-2013

You have to love the wording :lol1: [QUOTE] "did not test positive [B]for any substance identified[/B] under the relevant rules" "[B]tested for the relevant, agreed upon substances[/B]" [/QUOTE] So basically, the drug Sam tested positive for is not supposed to…

Comment by aussie-brawler on 03-25-2013

Sam is a clean fighter, Sturm you got beat fair and square. In my OPINION Sturm, his team and contacts are trying to taint Sams victory.

Comment by jaded on 03-25-2013

Germany is the corruption capital of's a difficult place for an outside to get a win. That's why so many Americans refuse to go over there to box.

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