Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has released a list (PDF below) of 12 new sanctions issued by its member associations between 1 May and 23 May. The list includes two eight year bans, the first of which was issued to Indian javelin thrower Rohit Kumar for a second offence. Kumar had already served a two-year ban issued in 2012 after testing positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol when he was 18. The second eight-year ban was issued to Nigerian sprinter Adeloye Tosin, also for a second offence. Tosin served a two-year ban after testing positive for anabolic steroid metenolone in 2012, when she was 16.
The IAAF list includes four Indian athletes, two Moroccans and one athlete from Italy, China, the Central African Republic, Colombia, Sweden and Nigeria. Abdelhadi Labäli is a middle-distance runner who competed in the 3,000m at the IAAF’s World Indoors in 2014. He was caught using the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), and was issued with a two-year ban. Colombian Yolanda Caballero represented Colombia in the Marathon at the London 2012 Olympics and took bronze in the 2011 Pan American Games at the 10,000m. Interestingly, she was sanctioned with a four-year ban for tampering with an out-of-competition doping control and for adverse ABP results.
Italian masters athlete Arianna Toppi was provisionally suspended by the anti-doping tribunal (TNA) of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) after testing positive at the XI Memorial Giorgio Guarnelli athletics meeting on 19 September last year. The IAAF list confirms that she has been given a six-month ban. Béranger-Aymard Bossé is a 100m runner who competed at the London 2012 Olympics, but failed to reach the second round. According to local reports, he tested positive for Solu-Medrol (methylprednisolone), an anti-inflammatory corticoid.
Details about the other athletes are sketchy. Mohamed Hattochi appears to be a steeplechase specialist, however the IAAF list says that he was sanctioned with a four-year ban after testing positive at the semi-finals of the French cross-country championships in February this year. Indian athlete Yogesh, who took third place in the boys U20 1,500m at the National Junior Athletics Championships, has been issued with a four-year ban, reports the IAAF. Kashish Khanna, a shot-putter, has also been issued with a four-year ban. Swedish long-distance runner Adil Bouafif is coming to the end of a two-year ban after testing positive in 2014. His ban will expire on 22 September this year.
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