14th March 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 March 2020

• Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) has partially upheld an appeal by Luca Mazzoni, halving his ban to two years. The former Livorno goalkeeper returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine in a post-match test following a 17 February match against Lecce. Mazzoni said his AAF was due to relations with a woman who had taken cocaine, reported Gazetto dello Sport.

• The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) has suspended the licenses of 12 horseman alleged to have doped racehorses in four federal indictments unsealed on Monday. The action was welcomed by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), which also announced further measures against those implicated. Richard Banca, the owner of Mount Hope Training Center, has become the 28th person to be indicted, following Monday’s indictments, reports The Paulick Report. The indictment against him is reproduced below.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has annulled a four year ban issued to Jarrion Lawson, finding it ‘more than likely’ that an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Epitrenbolone was caused by contaminated beef consumed the day before an 2 June 2018 test. Lawson was initially sanctioned by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics), which dismissed his contention that his AAF was due to a contaminated Teriyaki beef bowl consumed on 1 June 2018. In a detailed examination of the evidence (see full Decision below), the AIU concluded that ‘the Athlete has failed to prove to the Tribunal that his admitted violations of Articles 2.1 and 2.2 ADR were not intentional. The Athlete has established a possible, but not a probable case of lack of intention.’ The full CAS Decision has yet to be published.

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