Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has sanctioned seven athletes from various sports with bans ranging from one month to four years. It announced that junior cross-country skier Eleonora Prigol has been sanctioned with a four-year ban from 5 September 2017. In March, it was reported that Prigol had tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) at the Italian Junior Championships on 26 February.
It is understood that the 20 year old had taken Binocrit to combat cystitis, a drug that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) lists as containing erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). As such, it is understood that Prigol plans to appeal the sanction.
NADO Italia also confirmed that a one year ban had been issued to Federica Moroni. The marathon runner was informed that she had returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clostebol following the 50km of Romagna of 25 April 2017. She claimed that the AAF was caused by ointment used to treat a wound on her foot.
NADO Italia also announced that Enzo Buccheri, an amateur cyclist affiliated to Italy’s National Sports Centre (CNS Libertas), has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 5 September 2017. Buccheri won the 2010 City of Scicli GranFondo.
NADO Italia also confirmed that a one month ban had been issued to Francesco Rizzaro, who is affiliated to the Italian football association (FIGC), from 5 September 2017. No reasons for the sanction were given.
NADO Italia also announced that a number of unaffiliated athletes had been sanctioned. These included a two year ban issued to Ivan De Angelis; a two year ban issued to Luca Maria Gasco; and a two year ban issued to Luigi Andreana.
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