10th July 2017

Italy sanctions more athletes for doping

Italy’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO Italia) has sanctioned a number of athletes with bans ranging from three months to four years. Bodybuilders Luca Bertell, Fabrizio Zandonai and Massimo Testorio have been sanctioned with four-year bans, however no details of the substances involved were given.

A ‘non-affiliated’ athlete, Alessia Francioso, has also been sanctioned with a four-year ban from 4 July until 3 July 2021. Orlando Omicini, who is also ‘non-affiliated’, has been sanctioned with a two-year ban expiring 3 July 2019; as has Luca Petruzziello. NADO Italia has also sanctioned Daniele Zen and Davide Torchia, who are also ‘non-affiliated’, with two-year bans from 7 July.

American footballer Gabriele Caruso has been sanctioned with an eighteen month ban from 7 July until 6 November 2018. His club, Ancona Dolphins, announced that he had been provisionally suspended at the end of March, following a positive test for a metabolite of clostebol. He explained that the adverse analytical finding (AAF) had been caused by trofodermin ointment bought to treat a wound.

Skier Francesco Montalbano has been sanctioned with a three-month ban from 20 April until 19 July. Domenico Iona, an athlete affiliated to Italy’s National Education Sport Centre (CSEN), has been provisionally suspended after reporting an AAF for a metabolite of clostebol, a metabolite of boldenone, and exogenous testosterone metabolites.

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