Last year, in Spain, doctor Marcos Maynar was being investigated for being the leader of a doping ring. After investigations by the police, they discovered that Miguel Ángel López would be one of the athletes who would be linked to the group, however, upon learning of the accusations, the cyclist denied any involvement.
The repercussions were so great that the athlete was even dropped from his former team Astana Qazaqstan. Last week, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca, before his hearing, Marcos Maynar defended Miguel Ángel, informing that the athlete has nothing to do with what happened: “For other athletes, I wouldn’t put my hand in the fire, but for this guy [López], would put my hand in the fire that he never used banned substances in his life”.
In testimonials, the doctor says that he offered and recommended Actovegin to athletes, a substance that is used to gain performance. Currently, the element is not prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, it requires authorization to use it, but it was banned by the International Olympic Committee in 2000.