8th January 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 January 2021

• Dayana Yastremska has vowed ‘to do everything to clear my name’ and has denied intentionally doping, after she was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for mesterolone from a 24 November sample. ‘Only a very low concentration of mesterolone metabolite was detected in my urine’, she said in a statement. ‘Given that low concentration and given my negative test two weeks earlier, I have received scientific advice that the result is consistent with some form of contamination event. Besides, I have been informed that this substance is meant for use as medication by men and that women are advised not to use it due to the adverse effects it causes.’ Mesterolone is an anabolic steroid mainly used to treat low testosterone levels in men.

Aphiwe Dyantyi is to appeal a four year ban issued by the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) at the end of last year, reports News24. Dyantyi returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033 following a 2 July 2019 test and waived the opportunity to have his B sample analysed. In a 14 December 2020 statement, SAIDS outlined that it had accepted the rugby player’s guilty plea, after he had failed to meet the burden of establishing that his AAF was not intentional. The 26 year old is banned until 12 August 2023.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has launched its new Anti-Doping Education and Learning Platform (ADEL), which replaces the one that has been in place since January 2018. ADEL will now be available via a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone, and will include a mobile app to allow use whilst not connected to the internet. At present, ADEL is available in English, French, or Spanish.

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