News 27th January 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 January 2020

• Judo Olympic and world champion Rafaela Silva will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after being notified that she has been sanctioned with a two year ban by the International Judo Federation (IJF). Silva admitted an adverse analytical finding for fenoterol from a 9 August test at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, but argued that she may have been exposed to the anti-asthmatic drug due to contact with a friend’s baby. ‘I am confident that we will prove that the substance fenoterol entered my body accidentally and was not used for sports performance purposes’, read a statement published on the Brazilian judo federation’s (CBJ) internet site, which confirmed that she would be represented by Franklin Advogados. ‘We will fight to the end for the dream to represent my country at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 because I know I have done nothing wrong and that in the end, justice will prevail’.

• A 30 year ban issued to Italian distance runner Roberto Barbi has been extended to 47 years, Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) confirmed. In 1996, Barbi tested positive for ephedrine and was sanctioned with a three month ban. He was sanctioned with a four year ban after testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO) on 30 July 2001, but this was later reduced to 25 months after he cooperated with police and NADO Italia, detailing his EPO use from 1998 onwards. He was sanctioned with a 30 year ban after again testing positive for EPO and ephedrine on 20 July 2008.

• Canadian canoeist Laurence Vincent-Lapointe argued that trace amounts of Lingradol could have entered her system due to exchange of bodily fluids with a former boyfriend, Radio Canada reports. The International Canoe Federation (ICF) is set to announce its verdict on her case today, following a December hearing. Vincent-Lapointe was provisionally suspended in August last year, and initially blamed her adverse analytical finding (AAF) on supplements, which she alleged were provided by her national association. Australian swimmer Shayna Jack blamed her AAF for Lingradol, which she continues to dispute, on supplements.

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