Top amateur football club in doping scandal

SV Spakenburg (Picture: Twitter / @SV_Spakenburg). (SV Spakenburg (Picture: Twitter / @SV_Spakenburg))

The Dutch Doping Authority (De Dopingautoriteit) received information of possible usage and distribution of methylhexamine within the amateur football club SV Spakenburg in July 2014. Acting on this information, De Dopingautoriteit launched an investigation in which over twenty people either directly or indirectly involved in the allegations were interviewed, and other written material was collected.

De Dopingautoriteit concludes that the presence of methylexamine can be confirmed since it was found in Spakenburg's locker room twice which makes its usage more than likely. However no sufficient evidence was found to initiate disciplinary proceedings against individuals.

Two players told anonymously about the structural usage of the product, says NRC Handelsblad.

Methylhexanamine was developed as a nasal decongestant, and is in use currently as a dietary aid. The drug decreases blood flow and allows for an increase in airflow to the lungs. Methylexamine is a stimulant that has always been on the international doping list and is popular among bodybuilders.

A research report was sent to Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and presented to the internal investigation commission of SV Spakenburg.

In the study it becomes clear that the knowledge and know-how regarding doping usage is very limited in the professional and amateur football leagues. That is why it is advisable to increase knowledge of drug and dietary supplements use and other related topics through education, the study shows.

The authority will consult KNVB about further actions.