News 12th January 2018

Italy’s NADO sanctions three athletes for anti-doping rule violations

Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has sanctioned two athletes with a four year ban, and one athlete with a two year ban. In addition, NADO Italia also announced the provisional suspension of two athletes for adverse analytical findings (AAFs – positive tests).

Cyclist Anna Grazia Martena has been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 10 January 2022. Martena returned an AAF for metabolites of stanozolol at the at the ‘Trofeo Fersini’ on 27 August last year.

Antonio Farina, a distance runner, has been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 11 October 2021. The 30 year old returned an AAF for cocaine and its metabolites at the ‘IX edition Corri Marcianise’, held on 10 September last year.

Pasquale Semeraro was sanctioned with a two year ban expiring 10 November 2019. The amateur athlete returned an AAF for metabolites of higenamine, ephedrine and oxilofrine in October 2017.

Roberto Bonaventura, a footballer who plays for Serie C club Pontedera, has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for metabolites of THC, the active psychotropic in cannabis. The 32 year old tested positive after the club’s 23 December 2017 game against Alexandria, said NADO Italia in a statement.

Mixed martial arts fighter Raffaele D’Eligio has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for a metabolite of metandienone. D’Eligio, who is affiliated to the Italian Wushu federation (FIWUK) returned an AAF at the ‘Venator Kingdom 2’ event in Milan on 16 December 2017, said NADO Italia in a statement.

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