- NADAP 2016 Charlton Abela vs National Anti-Doping Commission of Malta - Appeal
August 31, 2016
- NADDP 2016 National Anti-Doping Commission of Malta vs Charlton Abela
March 24, 2016
In October 2020 the National Anti-Doping Commission (ADC) has reported an anti-doping rule violation against the rower Charlton Abela after his sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Drostanolone.
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. Previously in March 2016 the Athlete was sanctioned for 4 years after he tested positive for the substance Cocaine.
The Athlete accepted the test result and denied the intentional use of the substance. He could not explain how the substance had entered his system whereas he only had used prescribed medication which he had mentioned on the Doping Control Form.
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 deems that the Athlete failed to explain how the prohibited substance had entered his system, whereas his medication could not explain the presence of Drostanolone in his sample.
Because this is the Athlete's second anti-doping rule violation the Disciplinary Panel decides on 25 January 2021 to impose an 8 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 9 October 2020.