16 December 2022

The SII Anti-Doping Monitor – week ending 16 December 2022

Just one athlete was involved in anti-doping proceedings that came to light during the past week. Turkish athlete Aras Kaya, was sanctioned with a three year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving Erythropoietin (EPO). The middle to long distance specialist returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) at the Brasov 10km in Romania on 25 September.

Article 10.8.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code (click to open…)

Kaya, who was born in Kenya as Amos Kibitok, accepted the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) charge immediately as as such, qualified for a one year reduction in his four year ban, which ends on 4 December 2025. Under Article 10.8.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes are entitled to a 1yr reduction in their ban if they admit an ADRV within 20 days, without the need for a hearing.

As such, we don’t know where Kaya got hold of EPO, if or when he bought it, or if other people were involved. It is possible that the AIU are following up the case. Article 20.3.12 of the World Anti-Doping Code requires international federations to ‘vigorously’ pursue all ADRVs within their authority. 

Article 10.8.1 doesn’t require an athlete to help with investigations in order to receive the 1yr sanction reduction. As such, it the AIU is investigating, Kaya is under no obligation to help.

Cyclist Miguel Ángel López is to appeal after the Astana Qazaqstan team announced the termination of his contract, due to a ‘probable connection with Dr. Marcos Maynar’. Lopez was suspended by the team in July, after reports emerged suggesting that he had been detained as part of an investigation into Marcos Maynar of the University of Extremadura. A Guardia Civil statement said that its investigation involved somebody who works in the Faculty of Sports Sciences at the University of Extremadura, where Maynar works.

López said that he will ‘exercise all legal actions that assist him in defence of his rights, as this is understood to be a clean case of abusive dismissal without just cause’.

UKAD ADRV figures for the year to date (click to open…)

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) announced that testing figures had returned to pre-pandemic levels. Figures published by UKAD showed that eight ADRVs have been reported for the year from 1 April to 30 September.

Please continue to send any cases we may have missed or suggestions through to the 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

Aras Kaya (AIU List of First Instance Decisions, full Decision)

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