23rd September 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 23 September 2021

Garry Peters has been suspended for one game due to ‘verbal abuse and unacceptable behaviour towards doping control officers’, the Canadian Football League (CFL) announced yesterday. The sanction issued to the BC Lions player follows a one game suspension issued to A.C. Leonard on 16 September for the same offence. The Saskatchewan Roughriders player was banned for three games in total, after initially being sanctioned with a two game ban on 10 September for refusing to provide a sample. The CFL is not a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, under which test refusal constitutes a four year ban.

Augustine Oladapo has had a one year ban issued for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving prednisolone and prednisone cut in half by the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Disciplinary Committee, Nigerian club Enyimba FC announced. Oladapo was initially sanctioned with a one year ban on 14 July following an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) after the Nigerian club’s 16 May match against Egyptian side Pyramids FC. Oladapo and his club argued that the AAF was due to medication prescribed by his doctor. Following the CAF’s 22 September Decision, his six month sanction will end on 4 January 2022.

Matilde Bertolini, who rides for the Valcar professional cycling team, has been sanctioned with a ten month ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving furosemide, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Bertolini was provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) at the 2nd Sinergas Grand Prix on 11 July. NADO Italia didn’t explain why her ban will run from 7 May this year – prior to her AAF – until 6 March 2022. Her results will be disqualified from 7 May until 7 September.

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