Donaire open to USADA drug testing
MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire is the only active boxer who undergoes year-round drug testing conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), but he is also willing to submit to even more tests conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
This development comes as Donaire’s April 13 opponent, Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba, suggested that USADA conduct simultaneous drug testing along with VADA during the lead-up to their title-unification fight.
The two camps have agreed to VADA drug testing after a contentious negotiation period.
In an interview with Ryan Maquiñana that appeared on Boxing Scene, Donaire explained the situation and said he is willing to undergo USADA testing, but with certain conditions.
“All that was agreed was VADA. Then I guess they were saying, ‘Oh we want USADA.’ It doesn’t matter to me,” Donaire said.
“I’ll take a USADA test, but VADA was something I believed in. I believe that VADA’s an honest organization and they’re sponsoring this fight,” he added.
“So I said, ‘You know what? You guys want to do USADA? I’ll do USADA with you guys, but I’m not putting my money for something you want to do,’” he said.
Donaire told Maquiñana that VADA has started testing them, but he remains open to additional USADA tests.
“If they want to bring in other people that they believe in, or they trust in, bring them in. I don’t care. I’m not hiding anything,” he said.
The Donaire-Rigondeaux clash will be held on April 13 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.