Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Luciano Dos Santos Pereira tested positive for two substances during an in-competition test at May’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Brazilian thrower Luciano Dos Santos Pereira has been suspended for four years for an Anti-Doping Rule violation and consequently will no longer be competing at the upcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Dos Santos Pereira returned an adverse analytical finding for two substances – stanozolol and oxandrolone – in a urine sample provided on 18 May 2016 after he had competed in the men’s discus F11 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an event that doubled up as the 2016 Caixa Loterias Athletics Open Championships.
Both substances are included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under the category S1.1a Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and are prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition. As a result of his violation, Dos Santos Pereira will be ineligible from competition for four years from 3 June 2016, the date the athlete was notified, until 2 June 2020. All Dos Santos Pereira’s results obtained from the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.
The principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters. Therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.
As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.
• This media release was originally published on the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) internet site on 15 August. To access the original, please click here.
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