The Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) has announced its decision to sanction the Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone with four years of disqualification from the arbitration and appeal procedure between the rider, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM).
Andrea Iannone and WADA presented their separate appeals to CAS against the decision made by the FIM disciplinary court dated March 31, 2020 in which Andrea Iannone was found guilty of the violation of anti-doping rules (ADRV) (for the presence of Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid present in the WADA’s banned substances list in 2019) and was imposed an 18-month period of disqualification.
The CAS Panel rejected the appeal filed by Andrea Iannone and confirmed the appeal filed by WADA.
Consequently, the decision of the FIM International Disciplinary Tribunal establishes that Andrea Iannone is sanctioned with disqualification for four years, as of December 17, 2019 and that all his sports results from November 1, 2019 inclusive until the beginning of his suspension, be annulled, including the confiscation of any medals, points and prizes.
On November 3, 2019, on the occasion of the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit, Andrea Iannone underwent a an anti-doping control that revealed the presence of “Drostanolone” and after an internal disciplinary procedure, the FIM International Disciplinary Court decided on March 31, 2020 that it be suspended for 18 months from December 17, 2019.
Iannone stated thate the source of the prohibited substance was contaminated meat which he had ingested at that time in Malaysia and which, consequently, should be acquitted and the decision annulled.
The AMA, on the other hand, requested a sanction for four years considering that Andrea Iannone had not been able to establish sufficiently the source of ingestion of the prohibited substance.
For its part, the CAS has considered that Andrea Iannone has not established either the precise type of meat he had consumed or the origin of said meat, and that Nor were their experts able to specifically establish that there was a problem of contamination of the meat by drostanolone in Malaysia.
The Italian pilot protested before the TAS claiming his innocence, requesting that his sporting record be cleared by the supposed lack of intention to take drugs, Factors that were considered insufficient to establish that Andrea Iannone’s doping was unintentional, in which case it would have been a maximum of two years.
Thus, the CAS decision annuls the decision issued by the International Disciplinary Court of the FIM dated March 31, 2020 and imposes a four-year sanction for Andrea Iannone.
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