13th September 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 13 September 2019

The relevant part of WADA’s ISTI…

• Sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad & Tobago has been provisionally suspended after being charged with Whereabouts Failures by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Under Article 2.4 of the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete can be sanctioned for ‘any combination of three missed tests and/or filing failures, as defined in the International Standard for Testing and Investigations, within a twelve-month period by an athlete in a Registered Testing Pool’. Earlier this month, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was forced to drop an attempt to charge Christian Coleman for three Whereabouts Failures, as the ISTI specifies that a Filing Failure is backdated to the date when the athlete made their Whereabouts Filing, meaning that he hadn’t committed three Whereabouts Failures in a twelve month period.

• The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has confirmed that following a decision of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Oleg Ilyin (Олег Ильин) has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 26 July. RusAF said that the distance runner had returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for erythropoietin (EPO) at the ‘Dynamo’ cross country national competition on 10 July. 

• Two amateur athletes and an amateur rugby player have been sanctioned by Italy’s National anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) for doping offences. Sprinter Damiano Guido Revignas has been sanctioned with an eight month ban, expiring on 27 September; distance runner Pino Capanna has been sanctioned with a four month ban, expiring on 5 October; and rugby player Pietro Canepa has been sanctioned with a three month ban, expiring on 11 October. 

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