Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The former Vice President of the Sartiglia Foundation, a coach and five equestrian athletes have been sanctioned with four year bans, after an investigation by Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) found arrangements for other people to provide doping samples during a 2019 event. It is understood that such arrangements were made to avoid reporting adverse analytical findings (AAFs). The Sartiglia is an ancient jousting game where athletes compete to insert a sword through a small hole in a star suspended on a rope.
Marzio Schintu, former Vice President of the Sartiglia Foundation who is now involved with Italy’s volleyball federation (FIPAV), was sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 25 July 2024. Paolo Rosas, a coach and instructor affiliated to the Italian equestrian federation (FISE), was sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 2 July 2024.
Equestrian athletes Marco Pau and Roberto Pau, who are also affiliated to the FISE, have been sanctioned with four year bans expiring on 5 July 2024. Giuseppe Catapano, Giuseppe Frau, and Francesco Castagna, who are amateur horsemen affiliated to Italy’s organisation for education and sport (OPES), have been sanctioned with a four year bans. Catapano and Frau’s bans expire on 5 July 2024, while Castanga’s ban expires on 2 July 2024.
In separate procedures, NADO Italia has also sanctioned a cyclist with a four year ban and a kickboxer with a four year extension to an existing ban. Former professional cyclist Matteo Alban has been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 12 June 2024. His results from 22 June 2017 unit 13 July 2020 have also been annulled.
Kickboxer Carlo Barbuto has been sanctioned with a four year extension to an existing ban, meaning he will not be able to compete until 13 May 2027. Barbuto was initially sanctioned with a four year ban on 13 May 2019, expiring on 12 May 2023 (click here to download decision).
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the arbitration procedure...