10th March 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 10 March 2021

Andrea Antoni has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone and its metabolites, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. The amateur cyclist returned his AAF at the ‘7th Trofeo Paradise’ in Monsano on 7 February. Mattia Marcelli was also sanctioned with an eight year ban for use or attempted use of a prohibited substance; and trafficking or attempted trafficking. Marcelli’s ban was increased under Article 11.3.3 of Italy’s Codice Sportivo Anti-Doping (CSA – click here to download), which allows sanctions for trafficking to be increased, depending on the severity of the offence. Marcelli is listed as an ‘unaffiliated athlete’ by NADO Italia, however his sanction also appears on the Italian cycling federation’s (FCI) list of sanctioned people.

• The Austrian anti-doping agency (NADA Austria) has announced that the total bans it has issued in connection to Operation Aderlass amount to 48.5 years, in addition to two lifelong bans. NADA Austria said that ‘the majority’ of the 16 applications it put forward to the country’s anti-doping legal commission (ÖADR) in connection to Operation Aderlass have been concluded. In addition, fines and prison sentences of between five and 24 months have been issued in criminal proceedings, and €450,000 has been forfeited by convicted persons. NADA Austria said that the ‘most striking’ sentence was the four years and ten months prison term issued to Dr. Mark Schmidt, who ran the blood doping network that was the subject of investigations. 

Magaye Gueye is understood to have returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine, according to various reports in the Romanian media. The former Everton and Millwall player returned an AAF after Dinamo Bucharest’s 1-0 victory over FCSB in the Romanian Cup on 10 February, reports Fanatik.

Patrick Van Gansen has been issued with a backdated suspension by the international cycling union (UCI) from 16 April 2020 until 31 December 2022. The former General Manager of the Healthmate – Cyclelive Team was found guilty of violations of the UCI Code of Ethics in April last year, after cyclists alleged in an Open Letter that he had made ‘sexual and inappropriate remarks’. Van Gansen responded by launching a criminal complaint for defamation. After the completion of his sanction, Van Gansen will have to complete a course addressing sexual harassment in the workplace.

• The Belarus Olympic Committee (HOK) has branded a Decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to recognise Viktor Lukashenko as its President as ‘absolutely unfounded’. Victor is the son of Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, and both have been accused of human rights violations. ‘We strongly believe that this decision is of a purely political nature and thus runs afoul of the principle “sports and politics do not mix”’, read an HOK statement.

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