7th September 2017

Austria sanctions three athletes with four year doping bans

The Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) has confirmed that a cyclist, triathlete and basketball player have been sanctioned with four year bans for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Perhaps the strangest case involves basketball player Lorenzo Sebastian O’Neal, who submitted a urine sample that the ÖADR found had not come from him.

The ÖADR said that an in competition sample was collected from O’Neal on 18 May during an Austrian Basketball League (ÖBL) match held in Wels. ‘He submitted a urine sample that was not from him’, read an ÖADR statement. His four year ban will run from 19 May until 18 May 2021.

Triathlete Hans Wolfgang Frass was also sanctioned with a four year ban by the ÖADR, for competing in a tournament whilst subject to a doping ban. ‘On 25 June 2017, he took part in a competition organised by the Austrian Athletics Association, namely the 5th Lungauer Murtallauf (distance 10km), despite a four-year suspension starting on 19 July 2015 being issued to the accused with the recognition of the ÖADR on 22 September 2015, thus ending after the eventual participation in the competition’, read a statement.

The ÖADR said that the additional suspension would begin the day after the original suspension was due to end, 19 July 2019. Therefore, Frass will be suspended until 18 July 2023.

The ÖADR also sanctioned cyclist Lucas Schwarz with a four-year ban, after a 20 June out of competition test returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO). The ÖADR said that the sanction would run from 1 August to 31 July 2021. Schwarz was suspended by the Tirol professional cycling team following his provisional suspension last month.

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