Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Eight athletes affiliated to an Italian national sporting association were sanctioned with a ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) in April, and ten were provisionally suspended after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF). As shown in the table below (click to enlarge), four athletes were sanctioned with four year bans; and four more were sanctioned with bans of eight, six, five, and two months.
Those provisionally suspended included two HC Chiavenna Ice Hockey players – Lorenzo Marcati and Riccardo Iuriatti, who were banned for eight months and six months, respectively. Italy’s national anti doping agency (NADO Italia) also announced that provisional suspensions applicable to basketball athlete Chiara Cantone and rower Matteo Zani would be extended by 30 days. Cantone, a member of Italy’s U18 team, was provisionally suspended in February after returning an AAF for clostebol, an anabolic steroid used in dermatological creams.
Norwegian skier Therese Johaug missed the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics after applying such a cream to treat blistered lips. In November 2017, Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) partly accepted an appeal from Carlos Eduardo Barreto Silva against a two year ban issued in July. The volleyball player’s sanction was reduced to 15 months.
As shown in the table, cyclist Valentina Venuti was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM). Whilst many athletes have tested positive for SERMs such as tamoxifen, this is understood to be one of the first AAFs involving bazedoxifene, which is commonly used to treat bone problems, such as osteoporosis.
Italy’s TNA partially upheld an appeal by Giulia Lollobrigida against an 18 month ban issued in December, reducing the sanction to 14 months. The inline speed skater returned an AAF for amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide in August last year. Her ban will now expire on 9 December this year.
The TNA also partially upheld an appeal by Fabio Oliveri, who tested positive for fenoterol at the ‘Langhe e Roero Bra Bra Specialized 2018’ road race on 29 April. The masters cyclist was initially sanctioned with a four year ban, expiring on 18 September 2022, but the TNA reduced this to two years, expiring on 18 September 2020.
It also rejected an appeal by Andrea Innocenti, who was sanctioned with a four year ban at the end of 2018, after being provisionally suspended for returning an AAF for exogenous testosterone at the ‘Ritrovo Coppa Nazioni U23‘ cycling event on 28 May. Her ban will expire on 21 August 2022.
NADO Italia also announced that one athlete affiliated to the CSEN, Italy’s educational sports body, had been sanctioned with a four year ban. In addition, four athletes that were not affiliated to a national sports body were also subject to anti-doping proceedings, including an eight year ban issued to Francesco Maria Mariani.
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