Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Mauro Canal, a member of the Italian Futsal team, has successfully appealed against a 21 April decision by Italy’s anti-doping tribunal (TNA), which sanctioned the Pescara player with a four year ban after he tested positive for a metabolite of clostebol. According to a statement from his club, Canal successfully argued that his use of the substance was not intentional. A NADO Italia statement revealed that Canal’s ban will expire on 20 February 2019.
• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has announced that there were no adverse analytical findings (AAFs) reported from the 166 tests performed at the Junior Weightlifting Championships, which took place in Tokyo from 15-23 June. The 166 tests were performed on the 256 competing athletes, and involved 43 blood and 123 urine tests.
• A junior Indian wrestler has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium, reports the Indian Express. The wrestler, known as Nisha, claimed that her brother had told her to inject the drug as a muscle relaxant. Meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List, is an anti-ischemic drug used to treat restrictions in blood supply to tissues, such as in cases of angina and heart failure.
• Former cycling doctor Peter Janssen has told Dutch newspaper Volksrant that he administered erythropoietin (EPO) to Leontien van Moorsel during the run-up to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, where she took gold in the road race, time trial and 3km pursuit. When contacted by the newspaper, Van Moorsel denied the allegations.
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