Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Canadian Jumping athlete Nicole Walker has denied ever using illicit drugs, after being provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. ‘I was shocked and devastated to hear about these results’, wrote Walker on Instagram (below). ‘I do not use illicit drugs, ever. Whether in Peru, or in any competition setting.’ Walker has asked for a hearing before the Panam Sports Disciplinary Commission, as if she is convicted of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), Canada could lose its quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In April this year, the Swiss Federal Tribunal upheld a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to sanction Peruvian footballer Paolo Guerrero with a 14 month ban for an ADRV involving the same benzoylecgonine metabolite, despite accepting that his AAF was caused by ingesting coca tea at the Swisshotel in Lima.
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I was shocked and devastated to hear about these results. I do not use illicit drugs, ever. Whether in Peru, or in any competition setting for that matter, I am always fully aware of the possibility of being tested and would never expose myself to any substance that could test positive. My Canadian teammates, my team in the barn, our horses and I, have all put a lifetime of effort towards an Olympic goal and I would never do anything to jeopardize that for my teammates or for myself. I’m extremely grateful to everyone for their support and to my teammates for standing with me.
• Kristijan Đurasek has been sanctioned with a four year ban for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) from 2016 to 2019 the international cycling union (UCI) has announced. Đurasek, a Croatian who competes with the UAE Team Emirates, was sanctioned as a result of the Operation Aderlass investigations in Austria and Germany into the blood doping customers of Dr. Mark Schmidt.
• The State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) for Bosnia Herzegovina has arrested 12 people at five locations who are suspected of fixing Premier League and First Division matches in the country. The 12 are to be changed with criminal offences including ‘misuse of official position and authority’, and ‘accepting gifts and other benefits’, read a statement.
• Kenyan distance runner Abraham Kiptum has been sanctioned with a four year ban, after analysis of his athlete biological passport (ABP) indicated blood manipulation. The full Decision (PDF below), published by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), reveals that Kiptum argues that discrepancies in his ABP values were caused by training at altitude combined with unreliable storage and analysis of his values. His ban will run from 26 April 2019, and his results from 13 October 2018 until 26 April 2019 will be disqualified.
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