Spaniards implicated in drugs bust

Spanish media names an athlete who represented Belgrave Harriers in national relays among elites detained for trafficking doping substances

Posted on June 25, 2013 by
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Lozano (Mark Shearman)

Spaniards Álvaro Lozano, who has competed for London club Belgrave, and former national 10,000m champion Ricardo Serrano have been named by local media as two of four arrested in connection with the trafficking of doping substances from China.

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that the Spanish Guardia Civil seized items including anabolic steroids, EPO and growth hormones. The substances are said to have come from China and distributed among both professional and amateur athletes and fitness centres in Madrid and Guadalajara.

Along with his twin brother Alberto, Álvaro Lozano formed part of Belgrave Harriers’ winning quartet (pictured above) at last year’s National Cross Country Relays in Mansfield.

AW reported at the time how the “controversial” winning team were booed at that event when being presented with the trophy, presumably because the twins do not live in Britain, although the referee ruled they were eligible.

At the time, marathon great Bill Adcocks joined the debate, saying that the Anglo-Spanish make-up of the winning group was “not in the spirit of the sport”, however if recent claims are proved to be true, 26-year-old Lozano has steered even further away from the sporting spirit, with substances said to have been seized from the addresses of the athletes.

Former Spanish 10,000m champion Serrano, who had taken the step up to the marathon distance, is also said to have been involved with the trafficking. The 32-year-old made his marathon debut at the Berlin Marathon in 2011 where he finished sixth with a time of  2:13.32.

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