Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has confirmed a four-year ban has been issued to Thai breastroke specialist Nuttapong Ketin, who competed at the London 2012 Olympics and took bronze at the 2012 Dubai Asian Championships. ‘On 3 May 2015, the swimmer Nuttapong Ketin (THA) was tested positive to the prohibited substance Clenbuterol (Class S.1.2 Other Anabolic Agents) following an out-of-competition doping control test conducted by the Thailand National Anti-Doping Agency’, read a 2 February FINA statement. ‘The Thailand Swimming Association imposed a sanction of 4 years’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on May 3, 2015.’
In the year to 31 May 2015, FINA conducted 173 in-competition (IC) doping control ‘missions’, involving 154 swimmers from 30 countries. FINA’s out-of-competition (OOC) testing programme involved 372 doping control ‘missions’ involving 341 athletes from 39 countries. The OOC testing programme involved 357 urine samples and 112 blood samples collected through the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme.
Just 49 out-of-competition tests – which FINA describes as ‘unannounced’ – were conducted in Asia during the year to 31 May 2015, one of which caught Ketin. This compares to 34 in-competition tests. The vast majority of FINA’s tests were conducted in Europe (223 OOC & 106 IC). Africa received just five tests, all of which were conducted out-of-competition.
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