Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Italy’s national anti-doping agency has announced that five athletes, including three cyclists, have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Masters cyclist Daniele Antonio Pellizzer was sanctioned with a six month ban after testing positive for DL-Carnitine at the 5th Trophy of Piovese on 14 May in Mestrino. A second cyclist, Luigi Ambrogio, was sanctioned with a four year ban from 12 October, reported NADO Italia. A third cyclist, Danielle Cottone, has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 12 October.
NADO Italia also announced that triathlete Massimo Cassibba has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 12 October. It also announced that roller hockey player Patrik Frizzera had been sanctioned with an eight month ban from the same date.
A fourth cyclist, Domenico Garofalo, has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for ephedrine and oxilofrine at the 19th Colle di Fuori time trial held in Rocca Priora on 16 September. Masters track and field athlete, Antonio Farina, was also provisionally suspended following a positive for cocaine and its metabolites at the XI edition of the Marcianise Run on 10 September.
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