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13th September 2015
Italian kickboxer Maria Chiara ‘Romero’ Borella, who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), has been banned until 2044, Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) confirmed yesterday. NADO Italia said Borella had been issued with an additional 15 year ban due to violations of Article 4.12.3 and Article 8 of Italy’s Norme Sportive Antidoping (click here to download).
In 2014 Borella, then a bodybuilder, was sanctioned with a 15 year ban by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) following a 2012 investigation into the supply of cocaine and cannabis that resulted in 37 arrests. Her initial ban was implemented on 6 June 2014 and was due to expire on 15 June 2029. NADO Italia said that her new ban would run in addition to her initial ban, commencing on 15 June 2029 and expiring on 14 June 2044.
Article 4.12.3 involves a violation of a ban on participation during a disqualification. Article 8 prevents those not registered with the Italian sporting system – such as UFC fighters – from utilising the facilities of Italian sporting organisations whilst subject to a suspension.
At present, it is unclear whether the ban announced by NADO Italia will apply to Borella’s UFC career. She last fought on 27 January this year, when she lost to Katlyn Chookagian.
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