MotoGP rider’s ban for steroid doping prolonged to four years

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 MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone had his ban for doping with an anabolic steroid prolonged to 4 years on Tuesday as a result of he couldn’t show contaminated meat was responsible.

The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport mentioned its three judges dismissed the Italian rider’s enchantment in opposition to an 18-month ban and upheld the World Anti-Doping Company’s counter enchantment requesting a four-year sanction.

The 31-year-old Iannone’s ban initially imposed by the Worldwide Motorcycling Federation was prolonged to December 2023.

Iannone cited consuming contaminated meat for his constructive check for Drostanolone on the Malaysian Grand Prix in November 2019.

The CAS judges discovered he was not in a position to show “the exact kind of meat he had consumed nor the origin of mentioned meat.”

“Furthermore, the panel discovered that neither Andrea Iannone nor his consultants had been in a position to set up particularly that there was a problem of meat contamination by Drostanolone in Malaysia,” the court docket mentioned in an announcement.

Anti-doping guidelines place the burden of proof on the athlete to elucidate how a banned substance was current.

Athletes have had explanations of contaminated meat accepted after testing constructive for clenbuterol in China and Mexico the place it has been utilized in livestock farming. A two-year ban may have resulted for a judgment of inadvertent doping.

Nonetheless, the panel determined even when meat contamination was potential in Iannone’s case, he “has not been in a position to present any convincing proof to determine that the (violation) he dedicated was unintentional. “

Iannone had a contract to trip for Aprilia Racing Crew Gresini. His solely MotoGP victory got here on the 2016 Austrian GP.

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