9th February 2021

AIU rejects pork fat defence for nandrolone AAF

James Kibet has been sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving metabolites of nandrolone, after a Sports Resolutions Arbitrator rejected his explanation that his adverse analytical finding (AAF) was caused by contaminated pork fat. Studies1 suggest that pork fat can contain significant quantities of nandrolone, and the Kenyan said he had ingested pork fat syrup up to three times a day whilst in Italy for the Corsa dei Santi 10km race, where he returned his AAF on 1 November 2019.

Kibet had ingested pork fat and used it as a body lotion, which he argued is a medicinal custom in his home country of Uganda. He asked the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics for help analysing the pork fat due to his financial situation and although the AIU said that it couldn’t help, it pointed him in the direction of a German Laboratory. An email from that Laboratory indicated it was unable to carry out the analysis, partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Study that Kibet cited is the first result from a ‘pork fat nandrolone’ Google search…

Kibet argued that his AAF was due to contaminated pork fat obtained in Eldoret, Kenya. He provided a video in which a farmer explains pig farming and cited an article entitled ‘Feeding Effect of an Anabolic Steroid, Nandrolone, on the Male Rat Testis’2. The Sport Resolutions Arbitrator didn’t consider this, as Kibet didn’t attach the article to his evidence. It is the first result that appears if a Google search is performed for ‘Pork fat nandrolone’.

The Sport Resolutions Arbitrator judged that Kibet had failed to prove that the pork fat he purchased contained nandrolone, or that the ADRV was committed unintentionally. As such, a four year ban was imposed (PDF below or click here) from 4 December 2019 until 3 December 2023. 

1. Feeding Effect of an Anabolic Steroid, Nandrolone, on the Male Rat Testis and Effects of anabolic steroids of pork on proliferation and differentiation of myogenic satellite cell.
2. Ibid.

 

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