18th October 2021

Cyclist and canoeist receive ban reductions for early admission

Article 10.8.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code (click to open…)

An Italian cyclist and canoeist have both received one year reductions to four year bans for early admission and acceptance of their sanctions, as permitted under Article 10.8.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code. Cyclist Piero Rinaldini returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for testosterone from a sample taken at the Trofeo Paesetto on 18 August. Later that month, he won the Sticciano to Sticciano race organised by the UISP Italian amateur sport organisation.

“This great satisfaction pays off for all the training I did in this period with Luca Staccioli”, Rinaldini told UISP on winning the race. Staccioli was sanctioned with a three year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving testosterone earlier this month.

Despite the apparent collusion between the two cyclists, Rinaldini received a one year reduction to a four year ban under Article 10.8.1 of the Code. His ban will run from 8 October until 7 October 2024, and his results from 18 August will be cancelled. This means he will lose his victory in the Sticciano to Sticciano race.

Mirko Bassetto has been sanctioned with a three year ban from 8 October 2021 until 7 October 2024 for use/attempted use of a prohibited substance, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. The canoeist received a one year reduction from the standard applicable four year ban under Article 10.8.1 of the Code for early admission and acceptance of the sanction. 

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