6th July 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 July 2021

• The international cycling union (UCI) has sanctioned Matteo De Bonis with a three year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO). The International Testing Agency (ITA) conducted a targeted control on the Italian outside of competition on 16 February, on behalf of the UCI. De Bonis was the second Italian rider from UCI ProTeam Vini Zabù to report an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in 12 months, following Matteo Spreafico’s October 2020 AAF. This resulted in the suspension of the team for 30 days until 6 May 2021. 

• Three athletes have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced yesterday, including a twice European Sambo champion and a 400m youth champion. Sambist Khadis Ibragimov (Хадис Ибрагимов) was sanctioned with a five year ban from 15 April 2021; mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Islam Karimov (Каримова Ислама) was sanctioned with a four year ban from 25 March 2021; and Russia’s 2019 youth champion in the 400m, Sofia Shevnina (Шевнину Софию), was sanctioned with a two year ban from 28 January 2021.

• Two amateur footballers have been sanctioned with three year bans, after customs officers found 100 Dianabol (methandienone) tablets addressed to one of the players, and three testosterone enanthate (ENA) ampoules addressed to the other during a postal inspection. The Swiss Anti-Doping Foundation announced that the two players had admitted their anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), which under the Swiss Anti-Doping Statue entitled them to a three year rather than four year ban.

Michele Giuliani has been sanctioned with a one year ban, after he was judged not to be at significant fault for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). The Italian kickboxer’s results at the Campionati Italiani Assoluti 2020/2021 will be cancelled, and his ban will end on 8 June 2022.

• Two weightlifters and a basketball player have been provisionally suspended after reporting adverse analytical findings (AAFs – or ‘positive tests’) for prohibited substances, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Lifter Marco Monti has been provisionally suspended after reporting an AAF for betamethesaone; as has lifter Pier Luigi Pasini, who returned an AAF for GW1516. Vincent Shamara Hunter, a US basketball player who plays for Virtus Bologna, has been provisionally suspended due to an AAF for Carboxy-THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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