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13th September 2015
Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has announced that two athletes have been sanctioned with bans for doping offences, and five have been provisionally suspended. The country’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) approved the national anti-doping prosecutor’s appeal against a decision to sanction 45 year old runner Martina Del Rosso, scaling her ban up to four years. It will expire on 22 October 2020.
NADO Italia also announced that Pietro Roman, an eventing jockey who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, has been sanctioned with a one year ban. Roman was sanctioned with a six month ban for whereabouts failures in June, however the TNA’s appeal to double the sanction was successful.
NADO Italia also announced five other athletes have been provisionally suspended. The captain of Benevento, Fabio Lucioni, has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of clostebol from a test taken after the Serie A match against Torino on 10 September, reports NADO Italia. In a statement Benevento, which was promoted to Serie A for the first time in its history last season, expressed ‘every confidence’ in its captain.
Cyclist Simon Giacomello, who rides for the CyberTeam Breganze U23 cycling team, was provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metabolites of stanozolol and methandienone at the ‘Gran Premio Città di Vigonza’ on 26 August. He has also been provisionally suspended by his team.
Another cyclist, Anna Grazia Martena, has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for metabolites of stanozolol at the ‘Trofeo Fersini’ on 27 August. Antonio Carmine has been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for sotalol at the Italian Field Archery Championships on 10 September. It is understood that sotalol is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms. NADO Italia also announced that a minor canoeist has been temporarily suspended.
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