CrossFit Games Qualifier Ivan Kukartsev and Three Others Test Positive in Drug Testing Scandal

CrossFit Games Qualifier Ivan Kukartsev and Three Others Test Positive in Drug Testing Scandal Profile Picture

Four athletes have recently tested positive for banned substances during a CrossFit Semifinal event, causing shockwaves in the competitive fitness community. Among them is Ivan Kukartsev, who emerged victorious in the Asia Semifinal, securing a spot in his first appearance at the upcoming 2024 CrossFit Games.

Kukartsev’s drug test revealed the presence of multiple banned substances, including GW1516-sulfone, GW1516-sulfoxide, LGD-4033, and metabolites of these compounds. Similarly, Illias Kuliev, who finished third in the Asia Semifinal, tested positive for 3a-hydroxy-2a-methyl-5a-androstan-17-one, a metabolite of Drostanolone. Anatolii Borisenko, the fourth-place finisher in the same competition, also had banned substances detected in his sample, including GW1516-sulfone and GW1516-sulfoxide.

All three athletes have appealed the findings, hoping to overturn the results and maintain their eligibility to compete. In the event that their appeals are unsuccessful, the repercussions could significantly alter the roster of competitors representing Asia at the CrossFit Games, potentially opening up opportunities for other athletes like Arthur Semenov and Ilya Makarov.

Team Athlete Implicated

Aside from the individual competitors, team athlete Tyler Lee from CrossFit Mayhem Somos also failed a drug test, introducing further controversy to the North America East Semifinal. Lee’s sample showed traces of 3a-hydroxy-2a-methyl-5a-androstan-17-one, GW1516-sulfone, and GW1516-sulfoxide, prompting an appeal from his end as well.

CrossFit Mayhem Somos, which finished 7th in the Semifinal, had initially qualified for the CrossFit Games but now faces potential disqualification if Lee’s appeal is denied. In such a scenario, the 9th place team, CrossFit Levis Mayhem, could secure an invitation to the prestigious event.

The revelations of these failed drug tests serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing substances in the world of competitive fitness. As the affected athletes navigate the appeals process, the CrossFit community awaits the final decisions that will shape the landscape of the upcoming CrossFit Games.