Sergio Silva (POR) suspended for 6 months due to Anti-Doping rule violation

by Paula Kim on 15 Feb, 2012 08:01 • Español

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced it has imposed a six-month ban on Sergio Silva, a duathlete from Portugal, after committing an anti-doping rule violation in an in-competition doping control test at the 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships in Spain.

The ban will end on 9 May 2012 and prohibits Silva from entering or participating in any competition or activity authorised by ITU, its National Federations (NFs) and/or any other signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code.

Silva’s anti-doping rule violation was a result of the presence of demethylpentilamine (DMPA), also known as methylhexaneamine (MHEA).  DMPA is a stimulant and a prohibited substance according to the WADA Prohibited List and the ITU Anti-Doping Rules.

Silva provided a sample, collected in-competition at the 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships on 24 September 2011. The certificate of analysis confirmed the adverse analytical finding was received by ITU from the WADA-accredited National Anti-Doping Laboratory in Madrid, Spain and indicated the presence of DMPA.

On 19 January 2012, the Madrid Laboratory reported the analysis of the B sample confirmed the finding of DMPA (MHEA) in Silva’s A sample, resulting in an anti-doping rule violation in accordance with Article 2.1.2 of the ITU Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code.

Silva appealed for leniency provisions on the basis that the finding of DMPA in his sample is the result of his ingestion of Top Fuel Launch, a dietary supplement prescribed by his nutritionist who erroneously confirmed it did not contain any prohibited substances; but which in fact contained important quantities of Geranium Oil also known as dimethylpentylamine (DMPA).

The ITU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel concluded that the documentation and evidence provided by Silva was persuasive and that he took the substance inadvertently with no intent of enhancing his performance. However, the panel also felt Silva must also be held to the same standard as all other athletes. He was warned on the dangers of supplement use, relied on the flawed advice of his nutritionist and did not research further into the reference to DMPA on the supplement’s label.

After reviewing all the facts of this case and carefully deliberating on all the issues, the ITU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel concluded the mandatory 2-year sanction for a first anti-doping violation under article 10.2 of the ITU Anti-Doping Rules can be reduced.  The panel decided that Silva did commit an anti-doping rule violation and shall be suspended for 6 months.

As a result, Silva will forfeit his gold medal and all ranking points from the ITU Duathlon World Championships and must return all prize money.

It is the panel’s hope that this case will prompt all triathletes to not only become aware of their responsibilities and obligations under ITU Rules and the WADA Code but to take them seriously by being aware of everything they ingest and by avoiding the use of dietary supplements.

The decision of the ITU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel is final but may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by Silva, the Portuguese Triathlon Federation or WADA.

ITU is strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of the sport by ensuring athletes are competing on a level-playing field by abiding to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code to help keep triathlon clean.  ITU Anti-Doping Rules are written in compliance with the WADA Code.  For a National Federation (NF) to be affiliated with ITU, it must abide by the WADA Code and ITU Rules.

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Related Event: 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships
24 - 25 Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Alexandra Cassan Ferrier FRA 02:05:43
2. Sofie Hooghe BEL 02:09:24
3. Arina Shulgina KAZ 02:13:32
4. María Ortega De Miguel ESP 02:14:17
5. Ami Haishima JPN 02:14:53
Results: U23 Men
1. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 01:50:36
2. Matthew Gunby GBR 01:51:40
3. Miguel Arraiolos POR 01:51:51
4. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:51:54
5. Miguel Angel Fidalgo ESP 01:52:28
Results: Junior Women
1. Joselyn Daniely Brea Abreu TRI 01:03:12
2. Elena Maria Petrini ITA 01:03:37
3. Melina Alonso Aradas ESP 01:03:51
4. Georgina Schwiening GBR 01:04:07
5. Aleksandra Antkiewicz POL 01:04:31
Results: Junior Men
1. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:56:31
2. David Mendoza MEX 00:56:36
3. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:56:36
4. Nan Oliveras ESP 00:56:38
5. Delian Stateff ITA 00:56:42
Results: Elite Women
1. Katie Hewison GBR 02:02:45
2. Jenny Schulz GER 02:02:47
3. Sandra Levenez FRA 02:02:54
4. Stefanie Bouma NED 02:03:29
5. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:03:47
Results: Elite Men
1. Roger Roca Dalmau ESP 01:51:22
2. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 01:51:29
3. Benoit Nicolas FRA 01:51:30
4. Sergey Yakovlev AIN 01:51:35
5. Matt Russell USA 01:51:36
Results: 80-84 Male AG
1. Edward Maruna USA 04:35:18
Results: 75-79 Male AG
1. Raino Kiander FIN 02:34:18
2. Wolfgang Funk GER 02:44:43
3. Arnott Kidd GBR 02:51:45
4. Eric Barber GBR 02:58:49
5. David Peck GBR 03:05:01
Results: 75-79 Female AG
1. Gabriele Pelz GER 04:20:28
Results: 70-74 Male AG
1. Francesco Fiori ITA 02:25:07
2. Warren Taylor USA 02:35:56
3. James Girand USA 02:47:02
4. Frank Lalo FRA 03:05:00
5. Ray Bunn GBR 03:10:56
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