JADCO 2022 JADCO vs John Campbell

6 Oct 2022

In May 2022 the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the cricket player John Campbell for his refusal or failure to submit to sample collection.

After notification the Athlete filed a statement in his defence and he was heard for the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.

The Doping Control Officers (DCOs) reported that at the Athlete's house, early in the morning in April 2022, the Athlete refused to submit to blood sample collection although he was duly warned about the consequenses of his refusal.

The Athlete argued that he had not received valid notifications in accordance with the ISRM and ISTI. Further he asserted that he had a compelling justification for his failure and that his action was involuntary and not intentional.

He explained that during the Doping Control he was incapacitated by a panic attack to the point of being unable to make a clear and rational decision. Medical experts testified that the Athlete was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while he also was suffering from depression, the effects of Covid 19 and his traumatic abuse as a teenager.

JADCO contended that the Athlete failed to demonstrate that he was so cognitively or otherwise impaired so as to make it physically, hygiencally and morally impossible for a sample to be collected, and as such no compelling justification can be argued.

In view of the evidence and the Athlete's assertions the Panel concludes that the Athlete failed to demonstrate that there was a compelling justification for his refusal to submit to sample collection.

The Panel considers that the Athlete had been duly notified in accordance with the ISTI and was duly warned about the consequences of his refusal. Further the Panel finds that the testimonies provided by the Athlete's witnesses about the Doping Control are uncandic and that there are inconsistencies in their statements.

Therefore the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel decides on 6 October 2022 to impose a 4 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of ADRV Notification, i.e. on 10 May 2022.

World Athletics 2022 WA vs Teddy Tamgho

18 Nov 2022

Mr. Teddy Tamgho is a retired French Athlete since 2019 and is now working as a coach. Previously he was sanctioned by the French Athletics Federation (FFA) for 3 Missed Tests within an 18 month period. As a result he served a 1 year period of ineligibility from March 2014 until March 2015.

In February 2021 the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on behalf of World Athletics launched an investigation into the Athlete and established that he had partipated multiple times in athletic activites during the period of ineligibility from March 2014 until March 2015.

  • 2 championships as a coach;
  • 2 training camps as an athlete and as a coach;
  • 1 championship in the medal ceremony.

Following notification the Athlete acknowledged that he had particpated in athletic activites during his period of ineligibility.

Consequently the AIU decided on 18 November 2022 to impose a 1 year period of ineligiblity on the Athlete, starting retroactive on 1 March 2015 until 29 February 2016. Further the AIU disqualified the Athlete's results from 18 March 2015 to 17 March 2016.

World Athletics Russia Taskforce Report to the Council Meeting - 14 July 2022

14 Jul 2022

Russia Taskforce Report to Council Meeting of 14 July 2022 / Rune Andersen. - Monaco : World Athletics, 2022



Following an update from the Russian Taskforce, the Council approved the recommendation that an independent audit of RusAF’s processes and progress against the reinstatement plan and KPIs should be conducted mid to late October 2022.

The Taskforce will also continue its oversight and monitoring of RusAF’s implementation of the reinstatement plan, and report on the outcome of the audit at the next Council Meeting in November 2022.

World Athletics Russia Taskforce Report to the Council Meeting - 10 March 2022

10 Mar 2022

Russia Taskforce Report to Council Meeting of 10 March 2022 / Rune Andersen. - Monaco : World Athletics, 2022



The Council approved three recommendations from the Russia Taskforce in regard to the Russian reinstatement process.

Taskforce chairman Rune Andersen acknowledged that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had “cast a shadow” over the whole of Russia, including sport. But the Taskforce recommended that the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) reinstatement process should continue, to avoid the “very real risk” that RusAF would revert to past doping practices if the process was suspended now.

“Such a loss and backsliding would undermine that cultural change that RusAF has been cultivating and ultimately be detrimental to the interests of clean Russian athletes, the athletes in other countries with whom they compete, and therefore the integrity of future international competitions,” Andersen’s report explains.

Andersen told the Council that RusAF had made significant progress in many areas described in the roadmap, but that it was not yet fit for reinstatement.

Concerns remained around the leadership of RUSADA, Russia’s national anti-doping agency, and the fact that RusAF had not yet paid the reinstatement costs incurred by World Athletics for the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

Andersen warned that if payment was not made as a matter of urgency, this would be regarded as a breach of the reinstatement conditions and would lead to action against RusAF, which could include a suspension of the reinstatement process.

He further acknowledged that restricted travel, due to the invasion, would create challenges for the Taskforce in its oversight and monitoring role, which could lead to changes in the way it operates.

The Council accepted the following recommendations from the Taskforce:

  1. The Taskforce continues its oversight and monitoring of RusAF’s implementation of the Reinstatement Plan and KPIs, guided to the extent possible in current circumstances by the international experts. The Taskforce shall report on its work to Council at its next meeting in July 2022 or, if required, earlier.
  2. The Taskforce meet with RusAF to discuss progress against the Reinstatement Plan based on the KPIs, to assess and, if necessary, update the Reinstatement Plan and the KPIs, and possibly discuss and/or agree a specific timeline for consideration of reinstatement.
  3. The Taskforce review the Post-Reinstatement Conditions including the RusAF’s feedback on them and present them to the Council at its next meeting in July 2022 for approval and/or discussion, as the Taskforce deems appropriate at that time.

Andersen cautioned that presenting the post-reinstatement conditions to Council for approval in July did not mean that the Taskforce would recommend RusAF be reinstated at that time. He said any consideration of reinstatement would be “subject to further discussions”.

World Athletics Russia Taskforce Report to the Council Meeting - 18 March 2021

18 Mar 2021

Russia Taskforce Report to Council Meeting of 18 March 2021 / Rune Andersen. - Monaco : World Athletics, 2021



The World Athletics Council has approved the reinstatement of the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) programme for clean athletes from Russia, which will commence in time for the 2021 outdoor competition season.

The Russian Taskforce Report, with two amendments from the Council which are listed below, states that for the remainder of 2021, no more than 10 Russian athletes will be granted eligibility to compete as ANA athletes at any championship competition, including the Tokyo Olympic Games, World Athletics Series events and the 2021 European U23 Championships.

The Russian Federation (RusAF) may choose which 10 athletes are able to compete from those who have been granted ANA status, but it must prioritise the selection of athletes who are in the International Registered Testing Pool.

There is no cap on the number of Russian athletes who may compete at other international competitions, provided they have ANA status.

Russian athletes in the under 15 age group may continue to compete in under 15 international competitions as neutral athletes without applying to the Doping Review Board.

However, these provisions may be revoked at any time if World Athletics’ Russia Taskforce advises that satisfactory progress is not being made against the milestones and Key Performance Indicators set out in the Reinstatement Plan.

The World Athletics Council will review the ANA programme at its final meeting in 2021 to determine if it should be renewed or revised for international competition in 2022.

The RusAF Reinstatement Plan was approved by the Council on 1 March and Taskforce Chair Rune Andersen said in his report to the Council that “strong pressure needs to be maintained to ensure that RusAF’s stakeholders remain incentivised to back RusAF management in their implementation of the plan”.

He added that “the Taskforce strongly sympathises with clean Russian athletes who continue to miss out on participation in international competitions while the work towards reinstatement of RusAF continues”.

The Council also agreed that the decision made in July 2020 to propose that Congress expels RusAF from memberships of World Athletics, will be reactivated if RusAF does not continue to pay the full costs of the reinstatement process and/or does not make satisfactory progress against the Reinstatement Plan.

Andersen said the Taskforce would continue to monitor RusAF’s progress carefully.

World Athletics 2022 WA vs Keneth Kiprop Renju

11 Nov 2022

In April 2022 the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Kenyan Athlete after his sample - provided in March 2022 - tested positive for the prohibited substance Methasterone.

Thereupon in October 2022 the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on behalf of World Athletics has reported anti-doping rule violations against the Athlete after his two samples - provided in April and in May 2022 - also tested positive for Methasterone.

After notification both AFLD and AIU ordered a provisional suspension on the Athlete. In September 2022 the AFLD transferred its case to the AIU for reasons of procedural efficiency.

Previously in May 2022 the AFLD had contacted the Athlete about the first positve test and reported that he had participated in two competitions during the Provisional Suspension. The Athlete explained that he was unaware of the Notification and Provisional Suspension.

The Athlete produced evidence regarding the medical treatment he underwent in March 2022, yet the AFLD determined that this treatment could not explain the presence of Methasterone in his sample. Further the AIU established that the Athlete's 3rd positive test could not have been caused by a single administration of Methasterone in March 2022.

Ultimately in October 2022 the Athlete admitted the violation, waived his right for a hearing and accepted the sanction proposed by the AIU. Because the Athlete signed and submitted the Admission of Anti-Doping Rule Violations and Acceptance of Consequences Form he received a 1 year reduction from the AIU.

In view of the evidence the AIU deemed that there were grounds for the application of aggravating circumstances because the Athlete had used a prohibited substance on multiple occasions. Therefore the AIU decides on 11 November 2022 to impose a 5 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on 13 May 2022.

MFA 2022 Malta Football Association vs Ezekjel Farrugia

29 Apr 2019

In January 2022 the Malta Football Association (MFA) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the football player Ezekjel Farrugia after his sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Cannabis.

After notification a provisional suspension was ordered. The Athlete had prior admitted the violation and did not attend the hearing of the MFA Control, Disciplinary and Etihics Committee.

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

The Committee accepts the violation was not intentional although the Athlete failed to attend the hearing in order to demonstrated that the Cannabis was used out-of-competition as a substance of abuse for the application of a reduced sanction.

Therefore the MFA Control, Disciplinary and Etihics Committee decides on 27 June 2022 to impose a 2 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 26 January 2022.

MFA 2019 Malta Football Association vs Danny Kabeya

29 Apr 2019

In January 2019 the Malta Football Association (MFA) has reported and anti-doping rule violation against the football player Danny Kabeya after his sample - collected in December 2018 - tested positive for the prohibited substance Cocaine. After notification a provisional suspension was ordered and the Athlete filed a statement in his defence.

The MFA Control and Disciplinary Board finds that the presence of a prohibited substance has been established in the Athlete's sample and accordingly that he committed an anti-doping rule violation.

The Disciplinary Board establishes that the Athlete had accepted the test result and denied the intentional use of the substance. The Athlete could not explain how and when the substance had entered his system, nor that the use was probably recreational and out-of-competition.

Therefore the MFA Control and Disciplinary Board decides on 24 April 2019 to impose a 4 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 14 January 2019.

NADDP 2020 ADC vs Simon Baldacchino Barthet

8 Mar 2021

In November 2020 the National Anti-Doping Commission (ADC) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the hockey player Simon Baldacchino Barthet after his sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Cocaine.

After notification a provisional suspension was ordered. The Athlete filed a statement in his defence and he was heard for the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.

The Athlete admitted the violation and denied the intentional use of the substance. He explained that two days before the match he had used recreationally Cocaine, Cannabis and Alcohol, which he mentioned on the Doping Control Form.

The Panel accepts that the use of Cocaine was recreational and that the violation was not intentional. Further the Panel considers that Athlete gave a prompt admission and mentioned his use on the Doping Control Form.

Therefore the the Disciplinary Panel decides on 8 March 2021 to impose a 2 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 24 November 2020.

NADDP 2020 ADC vs Aldo Polidano

22 Feb 2021

In November 2020 the National Anti-Doping Commission (ADC) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the badminton player Aldo Polidano after his sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Indapamide.

After notification a provisional suspension was ordered. The Athlete filed a statement in his defence and he was heard for the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.

The Athlete accepted the test result and denied the intentional use of the substance. He explained with evidence that for years he used prescribed medication to control his high blood pressure whereas this medication was mentioned on the Doping Control Form.

The Athlete asserted that he had less awareness of the anti-doping rules, neither that he had to apply for a TUE. He acknowledged that he failed to check his medication and he was unaware that his medication could contain a prohibited substance.

The Panel finds that the presence of a prohibited substance has been established in the Athlete's sample and accordingly that he committed an anti-doping rule violation. The Panel accepts that the violation was not intentional and concludes that the Athlete had acted negligently with his prescribed medication.

Therefore the the Disciplinary Panel decides on 22 February 2021 to impose a 2 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 19 January 2021.

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