In 2014 the National Anti Doping Agency of Germany has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete Marcin B. for his 3 whereabouts filing failures within an 18 month period. The case was settled by the Tribunal of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS).
The Athlete explained that he don't speak German and that he had lived in Germany without money and without any support. He could not respond to the communications from NADA and the German Athletics Association since he had not someone available to translate their letters.
The Tribunal finds that the Athlete over the months at least could have tried to learn the language or to find assistance in order to send a reply that he had a language problem. Considering the Athlete's circumstances in this case and the fact that his whereabouts filing failures occurred in the first quarter of 2014 when he was not residing in Germany the Tribunal finds that there are grounds for a small reduction of the sanction .
Therefore the DIS Tribunal decides on 4 June 2015 to impose a 1 year and 9 month period of ineligibility on the Athlete starting on the date of the decision, i.e. on 4 June 2015.