News 17 August 2022

The SII Anti-Doping Monitor – week ending 12 August 2022

Nineteen athletes from nine countries, competing in nine sports, were involved in anti-doping proceedings that came to light during the past week. Cases involved a lifetime ban issued to a US Cyclist due to an investigation launched after an alleged domestic abuse case; an 18 month ban issued to a former junior time trial world champion; and a four year ban issued to a tennis player after a Panel rejected her defence that her positive test was due to sexual contact with a married member of her coaching team.

Jackson ‘Huntley’ Nash was sanctioned with a lifetime ban after a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation that stemmed from a domestic abuse case. As reported by CyclingTips in March, it appears that Nash attempted to secure a protective order against former girlfriend Madeline Pearce, following her attempts to help New Zealand road race Champion – Olivia Ray – escape an abusive relationship with Nash. 

The Nash vs. Pearce case reportedly involved photographs taken by Pearce suggesting prohibited substance use. Text messages were also reportedly uncovered detailing methods for avoiding detection by anti-doping authorities. It is understood that USADA began investigating Nash, a former motorcycle racer, based on his case against Pearce. 

Ray was dropped by her team in March after details of the case became public. She has yet to face any action from Cycling New Zealand or Drug Free Sport New Zealand, despite admitting taking prohibited substances in a July interview with the New Zealand Herald. It is understood that her admission is being investigated by USADA, as she was living in the US with Nash when her use occurred.

Aigul Gareeva (Айгуль Гарееву) is no longer listed as a member of the Roland Cogeas Edelweiss UCI Women’s Continental team, after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) sanctioned her with an 18 month ban for ‘whereabouts’ violations. The 20 year old won the junior women’s road race at the 2018 European Championships and the junior time trial at the 2019 UCI World Championships.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes that are members of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) must file ‘whereabouts’ information including their overnight location, competition and training schedules, as well as a location where they will be available for testing for one hour in every 24, three months in advance (although this can later be amended) through the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). If they are not where they say they will be, that constitutes a ‘Missed Test’. If the filed information is judged to be inaccurate or incomplete, that constitutes a ‘Filing Failure’. Any combination of three Missed Tests and/or Filing Failures is equivalent to an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) subject to a ban of up to two years.

A Sport Resolutions Panel rejected Anastasia Shoshyna’s argument that an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for Stanozolol was caused by sexual contact with a married member of her coaching team, who was using the steroid. Due to lack of evidence and inconsistencies, the Panel wasn’t prepared to accept that Shoshyna had proven that the affair took place. The Polish player, who had sought for the Decision to remain private, was sanctioned with a four year ban. 

‘The Panel notes that there is no contemporaneous evidence for the Player’s relationship with [redacted]’, reads the Decision. ‘There are no photographs, telephone calls, text or WhatsApp messages, receipts from restaurants, Instagram exchanges etc. The Player even declared that she did not have [redacted]’s phone number.’ 

The Panel was highly suspicious about why the wife of the married member of Shoshyna’s coaching team would give evidence in support of the player, after allegedly catching the pair in bed together at their apartment. Especially as it appeared she was asked to give evidence by her husband’s employer, strength and conditioning Coach Anna Szymańska. 

Szymańska said that her employee’s wife agreed to give evidence in support of Shoshyna ‘because I managed to find work for her husband and for the fact it impacts on our training team […] maybe she wanted to help her husband somehow.’ The Panel found that based on a ‘lack of a plausible explanation why [redacted (wife)] would provide evidence in favour of the Player, the Tribunal is not convinced on a balance of probabilities that there was an affair at the relevant time’.

The Panel also wasn’t convinced that the married member of Shoshyna’s coaching team was taking Stanozolol. There was no documentary evidence regarding his use of Stanozolol, other than a photograph of a Biotab Winstrol bottle. Urine analysis performed on his sample, which detected Stanozolol, was successfully challenged by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Polish Anti-Doping Agency (POLADA) has yet to indicate if it will be launching an investigation into Anna Szymańska, or other athletes coached by her Athletic Spirit business.

Please continue to send any cases we may have missed or suggestions through to our editor by clicking here. Also, if you’re an athlete, national anti-doping organisation (NADO) or other Results Management Authority and you’d like us to cover a case that you’re involved with, please get in touch! Also – a reminder. The SII Anti-Doping Monitor only features confirmed AAFs (‘positive tests’) or confirmed anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs).

Decision links

Masimba Nyamajiwa (SAIDS List of cases);

Felipe Hernandez (ITIA Statement);

Jackson ‘Huntley’ Nash (USADA Statement);

Olesya Sviridova (AIU Decision List & Background);

Oksana Korobchuk (RUSADA Decision);

Valery Gusarov (RUSADA Decision);

Margarita Aitmurzaeva (RUSADA Decision);

Aigul Gareeva (RUSADA Decision);

Rinchino Genghis (RUSADA Decision);

Mustafa Khademi and Nadu Hossein Jahangiri (Iran NADO Statement);

Riekert Hattingh (USADA Statement);

Anastasiya Shoshyna (ITF Statement & Sport Resolutions Decision);

Alejandro Gomez (ITF Statement & ITF Decision);

Michele Gazzoli (UCI Statement);

Dmitry Petrov (Russian Weightlifting Federation Statement);

Piermario Gardino (NADO Italia Statement);

Mikel Valmaseda Zubiaur (NADO Italia Statement);

Uroš Avramović (ADAS Statement)

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