2nd July 2015

Weightlifter given eight-year ban

Drug-Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) has issued weightlifter Andrew Ciancio with an eight-year ban, due to his ‘systematic and ongoing’ attempts to evade drug testing by filing false whereabouts information. Cyanic (pictured) had already been sanctioned with a seven-year ban by the Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) on 5 June for use, attempted use, possession and trafficking of clenbuterol and methandienone.

‘Drug Free Sport NZ brought the case after a series of incidents in 2013 in which Mr Ciancio could not be located for drug testing because he had filed false “whereabouts” information’, read a 1 July DFSNZ statement. ‘Between July and October 2013, Mr Ciancio changed his whereabouts information at the last minute more than 30 times and provided false and misleading information about his location. This false “whereabouts” information made it impossible for Drug Free Sport NZ to locate the weightlifter for testing. This prompted the organisation to engage private investigators and arrange attempts to test him in order to expose this deception […] The eight-year ban is double the usual penalty for such offences to reflect the fact it is a second offence for Mr Ciancio.’ The full decision is available here.

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