Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
A total of 36 athletes are set to return from International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) bans for anti-doping rule violations before the end of the year. Twelve athletes are scheduled to return to competition in October, nine in November and 15 in December – more than one per week. Six athletes from both Indonesia and Turkey are due to return before the end of the year, as are three more Russians (Yevgeniya Danilova’s ban expired on 2 October).
All of the athletes returning from a ban were issued with a sanction under the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code, which mandated a two-year sanction as standard. However, seven athletes were issued with longer bans – the 2009 Code allowed for bans to be extended if ‘aggravated circumstances’ could be proved under Article 10.6. The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, which came into force from 1 January this year, mandates a four-year ban as a standard sanction.
British shot-putter Carl Fletcher received UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) first four-year sanction in 2011, for trafficking anabolic steroids. He will be eligible to return to competition from 7 November. Greek distance runner Irini Kokkinariou had a two-year ban doubled in 2012, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the IAAF’s appeal against a two-year sanction imposed by the Greek athletics federation. She will be eligible to return to competition from 26 October.
Venezuelan long-jumper Victor Castillo was issued with a four-year ban in 2011, after a second positive doping test for methylhexaneamine. Castillo had previously served a two-year ban that expired in 2008, after he tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent. In 2011, it was widely reported that he had been banned for life. Castillo will be eligible to begin jumping from 21 November.
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