Zviad Lazishvili gives lengthy statement following PED issue
Zviad Lazishvili makes extensive statement following PED breach after UFC debut
Georgia’s Zviad Lazishvili does not have the best start to his UFC career. First, he loses his debut (which he received in a short time) and is now suspended for nine months due to a failed drug test. The Nevada Sports Commission announced the suspension, plus fines totaling $ 1,800 (plus $ 326 in attorney’s fees).
The UFC newcomer has now taken to Instagram to explain what happened and to announce that he will appeal the decision.
In a post, written in Georgian and translated from Google Translate into English, Lazishvili says he was given medication by a doctor to treat a hormonal imbalance that he was told would not contain banned substances.
“I have been struggling with injuries for the last 2 years and I have tried many methods of treatment, resulting in other problems,” he wrote. “As a result of insomnia and lack of energy, I underwent a test, which showed a hormonal imbalance. I have not tried any self-examination or self-medication. I formally asked my doctor to treat me under control. My main warning was that I am an athlete, I could fight at any time, I do very strict controls, so there should be no steroids or anything like that in the medicines prescribed by my doctor. “They told me – this will definitely be taken into account.”
Lazishvili is the first Georgian UFC fighter to be labeled for PED use.