25th September 2021

The SII Anti-Doping Monitor – week ending 25 September 2021

This week’s Anti-Doping Monitor recorded 18 doping cases involving 17 athletes from six countries competing in eleven sports. The main story is perhaps that of Diana Magomedova (Диан Магомедову), who helped Russia to victory in the 2021 Rugby Europe Beach Tour on 12 September. On 23 September, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced that she had been subject to a two year ban from 23 July.

RUSADA’s announcements are known for their brevity and as a general rule don’t indicate when an athlete’s positive test (or ‘adverse analytical finding’) occurred. The RUSADA announcement didn’t indicate when Magomedova reported her AAF. However, it did outline that she received a reduction in the standard four year ban for demonstrating that she was not at significant fault for her ADRV. In such cases, it is common for bans to be backdated to the date of the AAF.

However it remains possible that, along with the rest of the anti-doping world, that Magomedova and the Russian rugby federation didn’t know about her ban until 23 September. As such, it is possible that she wasn’t provisionally suspended until the ADRV was announced on 23 September. However, irrespective of whether Magomedova was provisionally suspended when competing on 12 September, the fact remains that she was competing whilst subject to a ban. As such, the Russian women’s rugby team can expect to lose its 2021 Rugby Europe Beach Tour title.

Another interesting case involved the Canadian Football League (CFL). It appears that that the standard punishment for refusing a test is a two game ban. On 10 September, the CFL announced that A.C. Leonard had received a two game ban for refusing a test. On 16 September, the CFL announced that he’d received an additional one game ban for abuse behaviour towards doping control officials. 

It is unclear whether the separate sanctions relate to the same test attempt. Sceptics might legitimately argue whether a two game ban for test refusal is an effective deterrent against doping. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, the standard punishment for the same offence would be a four year ban.

Another interesting case involves Nigerian footballer Augustine Oladapo. He was initially sanctioned with a one year ban in July after reporting an AAF for prednisolone/prednisone, steroids used to treat a number of medical complaints. He was issued with a one year ban despite his club claiming that his AAF was due to prescribed medication. Oladapo didn’t have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), which is required for use of medication containing prohibited substances. However, it appears that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) accepted his explanation, and cut his ban in half.

We’ve attempted to incorporate some of your suggestions into this week’s edition of The SII Anti-Doping Monitor, including whether an athlete reported an AAF in competition (IC) or outside of competition (OOC) as well as the AAF date, where such information is available. Below, there are links to all the cases that feature in the table, the details of which have been reported by The SII this week (use the search bar).

Please continue to send any 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!

Decision links

A.C. Leonard (here and here);
Andrejs Rastorgujevs;
Luca Staccioli;
Stefano Colagè;
Anna Infantile;
Unnamed Swiss American footballer (here);
Gary Peters;
Augustine Oladapo;
Matilde Bertolini;
Diana Magomedova;
Bilyal Makhov;
Karina Kasenova;
Dmitry Zakrepin;
Alexei Shchutsky;
Jamaladina Shangereeva;
Polina Smolenskaya.

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