28 July 2021

Temporary suspension for Alex Wilson

• The ad hoc Chamber of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) provisionally suspended athlete Alex Wilson (athletics) for a potential anti-doping rule violation.

Swiss athlete Alex Wilson was provisionally suspended by Anti-doping Switzerland on 28 April 2021 for the presence of Epitrenbolone, a metabolite of the banned substance Trenbolone, in a sample taken during an athlete’s doping control. Trenbolone is an anabolic androgenic steroid from the group of anabolic steroids. The athlete appealed against this interim measure. By order of the Disciplinary Chamber for Doping Cases of Swiss Olympic (Disciplinary Chamber) of 18 May 2021, the provisional suspension was temporarily lifted. After the conclusion of the proceedings concerned, the suspension was lifted by a decision of the Disciplinary Chamber of 2 July 2021.

In the meantime, World Athletics and WADA appealed the Disciplinary Chamber’s decision, whereby Alex Wilson’s provisional suspension was lifted, and brought the case to the ad hoc CAS Chamber at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. With the CAS decision of 27 July 2021, the appeal was allowed and Alex Wilson’s provisional suspension was reinstated.

The ordinary procedure falls within the competence of the Disciplinary Chamber and is currently in progress. As a result, for reasons of personal protection, Anti-doping Switzerland is unable to provide information on the content of this ongoing procedure.

Chronology of proceedings

15.03.2021 – Anti-doping control (out of competition)
08.04.2021 – Positive result (Epitrenbolone) from the Swiss Doping Analysis Laboratory in Lausanne
28.04.2021 – Provisional suspension of the athlete by Anti-doping Switzerland
18.05.2021 – Temporary lifting of the provisional suspension by the Disciplinary chamber
20.05.2021 – Opening of sample B, confirmation of the result of sample A
02.07.2021 – Final lifting of the provisional suspension by the Disciplinary chamber
16.07.2021 – Request from Anti-doping Switzerland to the Disciplinary chamber to initiate proceedings ordinary
22.07.2021 – Appeal from World Athletics to the ad hoc Chamber of CAS in Tokyo
24.07.2021 – Appeal from WADA to the ad hoc Chamber of CAS in Tokyo
27.07.2021 – Decision of the ad hoc Chamber of CAS in Tokyo concerning the reinstatement of the provisional suspension

• This media release was published by Anti-Doping Switzerland on 28 July 2021. Click here for the original.

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