Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Nicholas Saccente, of Springfield, Mass., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted an additional four-month sanction for violating his period of ineligibility. Saccente, 26, initially accepted a four-year period of ineligibility and loss of results in February 2017 after a sample he provided during an in-competition test was positive for anabolic agents. The announcement regarding Saccente’s initial violation can be found here.
While serving a period of ineligibility that prohibits Saccente from participating in any capacity, including coaching or serving as an athlete support person, in a competition or activity authorized or organized by a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), Saccente went on to coach a USA Weightlifting (USAW) member during a USAW-sanctioned event on October 6, 2018. This participation violated the terms of his sanction, which stated that he was prohibited from participating “in any capacity in a competition or activity . . . authorized or organized by any Signatory, Signatory’s member organization, or a club or other member organization of a Signatory’s member organization.”
During USADA’s investigation into the circumstances of the violation, Saccente provided evidence diminishing his degree of fault with respect to the violation due to his mistaken belief that his sanction only applied to participating as an athlete. Nevertheless, an additional period of ineligibility was warranted because the rules are clear that participation in any capacity, including coaching, is prohibited. Saccente accepted an additional four-month period of ineligibility, meaning his original four-year period of ineligibility beginning on September 25, 2016, has been increased to a 52-month period of ineligibility.
• This media release was published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 11 December 2018. Click here for the original.
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