Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Based on the Resolution of the Saudi Anti-Doping Hearing Panel, the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee would like to announce the release of its disciplinary resolution against an athlete for an anti-doping rule violation, which detailed as below:
|Athlete’s name||Yousef Ahmed Masrahi|
|Team||Saudi National Team|
|Date of testing||15/06/2016|
|Type of testing||Out-of-Competition|
|A Sample Result received||08/07/2016|
|Athlete notified of Sample A result||11/07/2016|
|Date of provisional suspension||14/07/2016|
|B Sample open and analysis||20/07/2016|
|B Sample result received||26/07/2016|
|Athlete notified of Sample B result||27/07/2016|
|Laboratory||The WADA-Accredited Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) at Salt Lake-USA|
|Violation||(Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites in an Athlete’s Sample), which is the violation of Article 2-1 of Saudi Anti Doping Rules in SPort|
|Prohibited Substance||Erythropoietin (EPO)|
SAADC, has given the athlete a chance to attend a hearing session and open the B sample. The athlete requested to analyze the B Sample, the results of which confirmed the analysis results of A Sample. All the A & B Samples Lab Documentations were handed over to the athlete. Then, SAADC held a hearing with the athlete on 07/08/2016, during which all related documents and procedures were reviewed. The athlete statements were taken, while giving him an opportunity to exercise his full right in defending himself. All legal procedures were carried out in accordance with the international regulations. The Saudi Anti-Doping Hearing Panel issued the following decision:
1. Imposition of 4-year Ineligibility period on Athlete/ Yousef Ahmed Masrahi; of the Saudi National Athletics Team from participation in and out of competitions effective from the date of the date of the provisional suspension (14/07/2016) based on Articles 2-1, 2-1-1, 10-2-1, and 10-2-1-1 of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport.
2. Athlete’s return to training shall be in the last two months of the Ineligibility period according to Article 10-12-2 of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport.
It should be known that this resolution is subject to appeal within 21 days of its date according to article 13 of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport.
The above procedure and sanction had been reported to both the Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation and the IAAF to approve implementation.
• This media release was originally published by the Saudi Arabian Anti Doping Committee on 9 August 2016. To view the original, please click here.