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Brownlee fails Asiad drug test — officials

LAUSANNE: Justin Brownlee, who played a starring role to help the Philippines win their first Asian Games basketball gold since 1962, has failed a doping test, officials said on Thursday.

The American-born Brownlee tested positive for the banned Carboxy-THC, the Lausanne-based International Testing Agency (ITA) said. Carboxy-THC is linked to cannabis use.

Justin Brownlee FIBA PHOTO

“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 ITA said.

“The athlete has been informed of the case. He has the right to request the analysis of the B-samples.”

The Philippines beat Jordan 70-60 in the men's basketball final on October 6 with Brownlee pouring in 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Games ended on Sunday.

Separately, the ITA said that Jordan's basketball player Sami Bzai had tested positive for a banned steroid.

He also has the right to request the analysis of the B-samples.

It takes the total number of known doping cases at the Games to 10.

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