7th May 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 May 2021

Paul Campbell of Miami Marlins has been suspended for 80 games after returning a positive test for dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT or oral Turinabol), the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced. ‘The test detected 10 picograms (10 trillionths of a gram) of this metabolite in my system, an amount which itself has no performance enhancing benefits’, read a statement from Campbell, released by the MLB Players Association (MLBPA). ‘I never knowingly, willingly, or intentionally ingested this substance in any form, nor have I ever heard of DHCMT prior to this situation. Due to the fact that I do not know the origin of how this substance has entered into my system, I currently have no viable defense in support of my innocence. I have unfortunately become one of the many athletes, across multiple sports, who are presenting themselves to the world and asking for members of the anti-doping world to help us find answers as to why this metabolite is continuing to show up in athletes’ bodies and ultimately costing them significant detours in their careers.’ In August last year, the MLBPA asked MLB to implement a decision limit for DHCMT, after a number of players tested positive for small amounts of the substance.

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed appeals from two runners, upholding four year bans imposed by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics. Moroccan distance runner El Mahjoub Dazza has been sanctioned with a four year ban based on readings collected from his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) during 2019, expiring on 11 January 2024. His results have been disqualified from 4 May 2019 to 10 January 2020, which means he will lose his wins in the Prague and Fukuoka Marathons. Indian middle distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu has been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 18 May 2023 based on four samples given in 2019, which returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for 19-Norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone. Her results from 18 March to 17 May 2019 will be cancelled, meaning she will lose the Gold she won in the 800m at the Doha 2019 Asian Championships.

Zoo FC has confirmed it will appeal, after FIFA found the Kenyan club guilty of manipulating matches between 2018 and 2020 and expelled it from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). The club’s official internet site, which is listed on its Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram page, links to an internet gambling site. 

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the Bucharest Laboratory’s ability to conduct Gas Chromatography / Combustion / Isotope Mass Spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, after it informed WADA that it would be unable to perform an update by 1 May 2021, when the updated Technical Document on IRMS came into effect. The Laboratory will be able to conduct usual anti-doping activities, but any samples that require GC/C/IRMS must be shipped to another laboratory.

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