Swim Coach Convicted of Doping ({{commentsTotal}})

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Harju County Court has convicted a swimming coach of providing a minor with steroids, following a lifelong coaching ban.

The court handed the coach, Nikolai Borzov (55), a 1,760-euro fine.

Borzov was found guilty of mixing stanozol into a sports drink ingested by one of his swimmers, a 17-year-old girl. The doping was detected in an Estonian-Finnish swim tournament in May.

Both the swimmer, Anita Stepanenko, and Borzov claimed he had administered the steroids without the athlete's knowledge. Although anti-doping authorities did not find wrongdoing on the part of Stepanenko, she was nevertheless handed a one-year competition ban last July. Borzov was banned for life.

Additionally, Borzov was caught drunken driving in Tartu last June, for which he must perform 850 hours of community service over a two-year period and has been stripped of his license for a year and a half.