The Turkish Federation told The Associated Press today that former UConn All-American Diana Taurasi tested positive for modafinil. The stimulant drug is prescribed to treat sleep disorders that interfere with wakefulness during daylight hours, according to a website with information on the drug. Some of the disorders include narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder and sleep apnea.
The drug is also be used to treat depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.
Taurasi has been suspended from her team in Turkey, Fenerbahce, until her “B’’ blood sample is tested early next month.
Howard Jacobs, Taurasi’s attorney, and Fenerbahce have not confirmed that Taurasi tested positive for modafinil.
Neither UConn officials nor Huskies’ coach Geno Auriemma are expected to comment today on the matter. However, Fenerbahce does have a statement on its website.
“She is extremely disturbed that her right to confidentially has been breached and doping claims have been made even before the results of her test are out,’’ Fenerbahce said.