2 December 2015

Italy requests doping bans for 26 athletes

The Italian National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) has recommended two-year bans for 26 athletes for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Although some of the athletes listed are now retired, several have qualified to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Notable individuals include London 2012 Olympic triple jump bronze medallist Fabrizio Donato and 2006 European champion long jumper Andrew Howe.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the Italian NADO recommended sanctions against the 26 athletes based on the ‘Olympia’ investigation carried out by the Bolzano prosecutor’s office, as well as the opening of disciplinary proceedings against 65 athletes for the violation of Article 2.3 (refusing or failing to submit to Sample collection or otherwise evading Sample collection) or Article 2.4 (‎whereabouts violation), said a statement issued today by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). As well as recommending action against 26 athletes, it also recommended that 39 athletes be placed under investigation – all 65 cases are listed in the CONI statement.

The full list of the 26 athletes is as follows:

Roberto Bertolini; Migidio Bourifa; Filippo Campioli; Simone Collio; Roberto Donati; Fabrizio Donato; Giovanni Faloci; Matteo Galvan; Giuseppe Gibilisco; Daniele Greco; Andrew Howe; Anna Incerti; Andrea Lalli; Stefano La Rosa; Claudio Licciardello; Daniele Meucci; Christian Obrist; Ruggero Pertile; Jacques Riparelli; Silvia Salis; Fabrizio Schembri; Daniele Secci; Kaddour Slimani; Gianluca Tamberi; Marco Francesco Vistalli; and Silvia Weissteiner.

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