Results: contamination

28/07/2021

Alex Wilson case underlines need for meat contamination review

First, a US athlete claimed that a dodgy burrito had terminated their Olympic hopes and now, a meal at a Jamaican restaurant in Las Vegas has apparently ended a Swiss athlete’s Olympic dream. It increasingly appears that growth promoters used by farmers are causing athletes to return adverse analytical...

26/11/2020

Jack & Iannone: contamination cases turn on whether CAS believes you

Recent Decisions in the Shayna Jack1 and Andrea Iannone2 cases illustrate that when an athlete claims that an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) is the result of contamination, their sanction largely depends on whether the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) believes them. Both athletes were sanctioned with an ADRV,...

30/05/2019

WADA publishes Stakeholder Notice regarding meat contamination

On 16 May 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Foundation Board decided to amend Article 7.4 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) to allow WADA-accredited Laboratories (Laboratories) to report Atypical Findings (ATFs) for the Prohibited Substance clenbuterol. Under the current version of Article 7.4 of the Code, Laboratories may only...

Features 10/05/2019

Athlete forged documents in attempt prove trenbolone meat contamination

The Disciplinary Tribunal of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has dismissed María Guadalupe (Lupita) González Romero’s claim that her adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of trenbolone was caused by contaminated meat, concluding that the Mexican racewalker forged documents in an attempt to prove her case....

06/11/2017

FIVB accepts that furosemide AAF was due to contamination

Murilo Endres has been sanctioned with an eight month ban, after the international volleyball federation (FIVB) accepted that his 10 April adverse analytical finding (AAF) for furosemide was caused by a contaminated supplement. It is understood that the Brazilian volleyball player was able to prove that supplements he was...

11/08/2017

Failure to prove contamination leads to four year ban for Masters cyclist

Despite agreeing that a 35 year old Masters cyclist did not intend to cheat, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has said that its ‘hands are tied’ into issuing a four-year ban, as the athlete failed to prove that a clenbuterol positive was caused by contaminated supplements or meat. Tony...

19/07/2021

Anti-doping’s biggest secret: not all athletes are guilty

“I think the system is perhaps more loaded against the athlete, but the entire system would fall apart if you had to put the burden on the doping authority rather than the athlete”. The above quote is from Richard McLaren, the sports lawyer who authored two Reports into Russian...

16/07/2021

WADA statement on German broadcaster ARD documentary

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notes the contents of the 16 July 2021 documentary by German broadcaster, ARD, which makes a number of statements regarding the possibility of prohibited substances being passed through the skin of athletes via a process of sabotage. WADA acknowledges that some athletes may be concerned...

07/07/2021

How the IWF’s Tokyo 2020 quota reallocation punishes athletes

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has reallocated 12 quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after sanctions were issued to the Colombian, Turkish, and Vietnamese federations. However, by requiring these federations to withdraw athletes who had qualified for the Games, potentially innocent athletes are being punished for the actions...

06/07/2021

Independent Panel issues sanctions against two IWF Member Federations following ITA referral

• The International Testing Agency (ITA) confirms the imposition of sanctions by the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) Member Federation Independent Sanctioning Panel against the Vietnamese and Colombian Weightlifting Federations upon referral by the ITA. The ITA will also refer the Turkish Weightlifting Federation before the IWF Independent Sanctioning Panel for...

29/06/2021

Estonian wrestler to appeal two year ban

Estonian wrestler Heiki Nabi is to appeal a two year ban issued by the Estonian Centre for Integrity in Sports (ESTCIS) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reports Estonia’s public broadcaster ERR. Nabi, a 2016 World Champion and London 2012 Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, was provisionally...

18/06/2021

AIU made “judgement call” not to announce Houlihan’s suspension

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics made a “judgement call” not to announce Shelby Houlihan’s provisional suspension due to the unique circumstances of the case, a spokesperson has told The Sports Integrity Initiative. ‘The AIU will publicly disclose the existence of a pending case where the Athlete...

15/06/2021

Have you heard of Nandrolone?

Is it conceivable that a top athletics Coach and experienced athlete have never heard of nandrolone? Shelby Houlihan, 28, the US record holder at 1,500m and 5,000m and her Coach, Jerry Schumacher, claimed never to have heard of it in statements (here and here) confirming a four year ban...

10/06/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 June 2021

• Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has sanctioned seven people with lengthly bans for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Four people unaffiliated to an Italian sporting federation have been sanctioned with bans ranging from 10 to 20 years for trafficking prohibited substances. Filippo Sauro and Andrea Sauro were both...

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