Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Italian cyclist Stefano Pirazzi and four other Italians have been sanctioned with four year bans for anti-doping rule violations. Pirazzi and fellow Italian cyclist Nicola Ruffoni were provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in May after returning adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for growth hormone releasing peptides (GHRPs) in April. Ruffoni’s name has yet to make it onto the UCI sanction list (PDF below). Both ride for the Bardiani-CSF team, which was suspended for 30 days under UCI rules that allow such a suspension if two or more team riders report an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) in a 12-month period.
Two non-professional Italian cyclists have also been sanctioned with four year bans. Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) confirmed the sanction issued to Giovanni Zisa, who is affiliated to the CSAIn, a body in charge of promoting social sport. NADO Italia also confirmed a four year ban issued to Manuela Bugli, who is affiliated to the central association of Italian sport (ASCI), which promotes sports for leisure.
NADO Italia also confirmed that Gianluca Cammi, a player with Rugby Lyons Piacenza, has been sanctioned with a four year ban. Cammi had argued that a Jack3d supplement was the cause of his January AAF for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine.
NADO Italia also confirmed that Diego Farinacci, an athlete affiliated to Italy’s national educational sports centre (CSEN), has been sanctioned with a four year ban. Farinacci is understood to be an 18 year old competitor in the CrossFit Games.
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