Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Horse trainer Mike Muradis has been sanctioned with an 18-month ban and fined US$17,500 by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), which found that two horses in his care tested positive for viagra (sildenafil). One of the horses also tested positive for dexamethasone above the threshold limit. Muradis told the Daily Racing Form that he planned an appeal against the decision, as the drugs were administered by his employees. However, this was considered in the CHRB ruling. ‘While he is responsible for the employees he hires, and this does not rise to the level of third party sabotage, Respondent is nevertheless somewhat a victim of behavior over which he did not have complete control’, it recognised. ‘This factor would greatly mitigate any penalty. On balance, we find that the mitigating circumstances outweigh the aggravating ones and therefore require a departure from the minimum penalties described under the guidelines.’
• The Iditarod Trail Committee has been forced to revise its anti-doping regulations, after a sled dog competing in the Iditarod Trail Alaska 2017 tested positive for a prohibited substance. ‘The revised rule has been put in place because several dogs in a single musher’s team in the 2017 Race tested positive for a prohibited substance’, read a statement. ‘In consultation with legal counsel, the Board of Directors determined that the ITC would likely not be able to prove intent. The way the rule was previously written, it could have been interpreted to require the ITC to have proof of intent. The revised rule now holds a musher strictly liable for any positive test, unless the musher can establish, to the satisfaction of an independent review board by clear and convincing evidence, that the positive test(s) resulted from causes completely beyond their control.’
• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has sanctioned bodybuilder Simone Meiattini with a two year ban expiring on 9 October 2019. The reasons behind the sanction were not given, however it is understood that Meiattini was previously disqualified for doping in 2002. Female powerlifter Valeria Curto has also been sanctioned with a one year ban, expiring on 9 August 2018. Amateur cycling Stefano Sergi has been provisionally suspended after returning a positive test for clenbuterol and metabolites of non-endogenous testosterone after a 6 August test at an amateur race.
• Russia’s Ministry of Sport has held anti-doping seminars for the national federations of non-Olympic sports on 3-4 October. Over 30 non-Olympic national federations attended the seminars, which were organised in partnership with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), said the Ministry of Sport in a statement. The Ministry of Sport and RUSADA have also set up information booths to provide information to athletes on anti-doping, as well as an online anti-doping educational platform, ‘Triagonal’, which is password protected.
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