11th October 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 October 2019

• An Indian fencer has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for androstanolone, which he attempted to blame on male impotence drug Viagra, India’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA India) has announced (below). After offering a number of other excuses, Chunni Lal contested that he and ‘his colleagues’ had purchased a Viagra tablet the day before his test, but did not have a receipt for it. 

A career in Fencing that stumbled on #doping.Chunni Lal of Bahroj, #Rajasthan had been #fencing from theage of ten…

Posted by National Anti Doping Agency India on Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Six Egyptian weightlifters returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) from anti-doping tests performed at August’s All African Games in Morocco, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has confirmed. Under Article 12.3.1 of its Anti-Doping Policy, the IWF can ban member federations from international competition for up to two years if three or more ADRVs occur during a year. Earlier this month, a documentary (below) alleged that Morocco remains a ‘paradise for dopers’.

• CrossFit athlete Katie Trombetta has announced that she has been sanctioned with a four year ban after reporting an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for GW1516 and Ostarine at the CrossFit Games. ‘I did not knowingly take these compounds they found in my system’, wrote Trombetta on Instagram (below). ‘GW1516 and Ostarine are two of the most common substances found in contaminated supplements. If you don’t know anything about the supplement industry, it’s very loosely regulated, and 1/3 to 1/2 of all supplements have something in them that isn’t listed on the label. I admit I was not as careful as I could have been leading up to the Games. I used other people’s pre-workouts, protein, creatine, and I take over the counter melatonin, calcium, and vitamin C. Anything I was taking could have had these compounds present.’

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I’ve typed up this post quite a few times over the past month, and every time I abandon it because I can’t get my words right. I’d like to be completely transparent and honest about what has been one of the hardest periods of my life thus far. • At the end of August I got notification that I failed my drug test at the CrossFit Games. They found metabolites of GW1516 and Ostarine in my sample. The email was sent to my old email that I rarely check, and I missed the 72 hour deadline to dispute CrossFit’s findings. When I finally saw the email in September, I asked for an extension, and it was denied. I got one phone call to notify me of the results, and was coaching when it came through, didn’t recognize the number, so didn’t think anything of it. • I did not knowingly take these compounds they found in my system. GW1516 and Ostarine are two of the most common substances found in contaminated supplements. If you don’t know anything about the supplement industry, it’s very loosely regulated, and 1/3 to 1/2 of all supplements have something in them that isn’t listed on the label. I admit I was not as careful as I could have been leading up to the Games. I used other people’s pre-workouts, protein, creatine, and I take over the counter melatonin, calcium, and vitamin C. Anything I was taking could have had these compounds present. It’s upwards of $1000 per sample to test for unknown substances, and that is impossible financially for me. • I understand I’m responsible for what I put in my body, but I also have been unable to convince CrossFit to allow me to see my lab results to get an idea of the amounts in my system at the time. Since I missed the deadline, my B sample was refused as well. It’s very likely I will never know the cause of the positive test. • I have a 4 year ban from CrossFit. I won’t be competing after the 4 years. I’ll be 32. I’m too impatient and too angry with the sport that’s harshly punishing me for a mistake to wait that out. I am still allowed to compete in Sanctionals (if the individual sanctionals approve), or any competition not ran by CrossFit, but I can’t do the Open or compete to go to the Games. -continued in comments…

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Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand has been cleared of committing an anti-doping rule violation, after it was accepted that she had consumed meat contaminated with clenbuterol, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced. The full Decision (PDF below) reveals that Intanon returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a very low level of clenbuterol from an 18 April out of competition test. ‘The Panel found on the balance of probabilities that Intanon had successfully established how clenbuterol entered her system (through consumption at Yakiniku Restaurant), and that she did not know or suspect, and could not reasonably have known or suspected even with the utmost caution, that she had consumed clenbuterol through the ingestion of contaminated meat’, reads the Decision.

• Nike has shut down the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), the President of the sportswear manufacturer, Mark Parker, wrote in a memo provided to Runner’s World. The NOP’s Head Coach, Alberto Salazar, was sanctioned with a four year ban for three Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), none of which involved NOP athletes. The NOP’s Twitter account has also been shut down. Last month, it emerged that Parker had sold a number of shares in the company. Earlier this week, UK Athletics confirmed that Neil Black will be leaving his post as Performance Director at the end of the month. Black oversaw Salazar’s appointment as a performance consultant to UK Athletics between 2013 and 2017.

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has sanctioned Moroccan distance runner Mustapha El Aziz with a four year ban, after two urine samples returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO). The AIU has also sanctioned Indian sprinter Sheoran Nirmla with a four year ban, after her analysis of her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) resulted in an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving Drostanolone and Metenolone. The AIU has also provisionally suspended Kenyan distance runner Philip Sanga Kimutai, after he returned an AAF for testosterone.

Victoria Police have charged Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir with a number of offences, including conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria; three counts of ‘torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a Thoroughbred Race Horse’; and use of a controlled weapon without an excuse. A statement outlined that four men had been charged as part of an investigation into illegal activity within the thoroughbred racing industry.

• Three people have been detained as part of an investigation into potential match-fixing in football, Latvian State Police announced at a press conference (below). It is understood that one of the detained is the former President of Dinaburg FC, which was expelled from the Latvian top division in 2009 for match-fixing.

Preses konference: Valsts policija sadarbībā ar UEFA (Eiropas Futbola asociāciju savienību) un Futbols atklājusi lietu par manipulāciju ar sporta sacensībām.

Posted by Valsts policija on Wednesday, 9 October 2019

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended Endri Karina, after reanalysis of a sample given at the London 2012 Olympics returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metabolites of Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Karina finished 14th in the 94kg category at London 2012.

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