TJD-AD 2020-004 Disciplinary Decision - Volleyball

In November 2019 the Brazilian Doping Control Authority (ABCD) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the volleyball player after her sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Isometheptene. Also ABCD reported an anti-doping rule violation against the physical therapist for the administration of a prohibited substance.

After notification the Athlete and the physical therapist filed statements in their defence and the case was referred to the Brazilian Sports Justice Anti-Doping Tribunal (TJD-AD).

The Athlete admitted the violation and denied the intentional use of the substance. She stated that the day before the match during the warming-up she suffered from severe headache. Because she found the doctor not present she ingested a capsule of Sedamed provided by the physical therapist.

The Athlete acknowledged that she didn't check this medication and immediately ingested the capsule. Also she didn't mention the use of this product on the Doping Control Form.

The physical therapist denied that he acted intentionally and confirmed that he only gave the Athlete the capsule for her headache. He was not part of the Athlete Support Personnel, yet hired by the organisation of the competition and not entitled to prescribe medication.

The Rapporteur finds that the presence of a prohibited substance has been established in the Athlete's sample and accordingly that she committed an anti-doping rule violation.

The Rapporteur accepts that the violations committed by the Athlete and the physical therapist were not intentional and that they demonstrated how the substance had entered the Athlete's system. In view of the circumstances the Rapporteur concludes that the Athlete achted with No Significant Fault or Negligence and that the physical therapist acted with No Fault or Negligence.

Therefore the TJD-AD Panel decides on 29 June 2020 to impose a warning, without a period of ineligibility, on the Athlete. Furhter the Panel dismissed the charges against the physical therapist.

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29 June 2020
Albuquerque e Souza, João Antonio
Alquéres, Pedro Alberto Campbell
Pereira, Cristiane Caldas
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Brazilian Sports Justice Anti-Doping Tribunal (TJD-AD)
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Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem (ABCD) - Brazilian Doping Control Authority
Tribunal de Justiça Desportiva Antidopagem (TJD-AD) - Brazilian Sports Justice Anti-Doping Tribunal
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Laboratório Brasileiro de Controle de Dopagem – LBCD – LADETEC / IQ - UFRJ
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