10 November 2020 14:33
Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone was suspended for four years for an anti-doping violation on Tuesday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) extended his initial 18-month suspension following an appeal. Iannone, 31, was suspended in March after testing positive for an anabolic steroid in a urine sample collected at an in-competition test at the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang last November. Iannone had contested that the presence of drostanolone in his system was the result of eating contaminated meat in Malaysia. However, CAS rejected his argument and upheld a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal seeking a four-year ban. "The panel found that Andrea Iannone had failed to establish neither the precise type of meat he had consumed nor the origin of said meat," read a CAS statement.
It said that contrary to the original decision taken by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), the violation was to be "treated as intentional for purposes of the applicable anti-doping rules, and therefore upheld WADA's appeal." "The CAS award sets aside the decision rendered by the FIM International Disciplinary Court dated 31 March 2020 and imposes a four-year period of ineligibility on Andrea Iannone," it added. GENEVA--MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone had his ban for doping with an anabolic steroid extended to four years on Tuesday because he could not prove contaminated meat was to blame. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its three judges dismissed the Italian rider's appeal against an 18-month ban and upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency's counter appeal requesting a four-year sanction. The 31-year-old Iannone's ban originally imposed by the International Motorcycling Federation was extended to December 2023. Iannone cited eating contaminated meat for his positive test for Drostanolone at the Malaysian Grand Prix in November 2019.
"The CAS Panel rejected the appeal filed by Andrea Iannone and upheld the appeal filed by WADA," CAS said in a statement. Iannone, who has a contract with Aprilia until the end of the 2020 season, said he tested positive because he ingested the banned substance accidentally through contaminated meat. The CAS panel, however, found that Iannone had established "neither the precise type of meat he had consumed nor the origin of the said meat". "The FIM has taken due note of the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to impose a four-year period of ineligibility on Andrea Iannone," the sport's governing body said in a statement. Iannone, nicknamed "The Maniac", joined Aprilia in 2018 but struggled to match team mate Aleix Espargaro for most of last season.
CAS also confirmed Iannone's MotoGP race results from 1 November 2019 through to his initial suspension are official disqualifications. Iannone anti-doping ban increased to four years The CAS panel found Iannone hadn't submitted the necessary evidence to back up the contaminated meat claim, having failed to establish the exact type of meat that he ate which was contaminated. Furthermore, Iannone and his experts couldn't present substantial evidence to suggest there was an issue of meat contamination in Malaysia with Drostanolone - the substance he tested positive for. Andrea Iannone has been given a four-year ban from MotoGP after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled against him in an anti-doping appeal process. Iannone was given an 18-month suspension by motorcycling governing body FIM after testing positive last November for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned substance list. The Italian insisted he had never knowingly broken doping rules and said he consumed the substance by mistake by eating contaminated meat in Malaysia prior to the grand prix in Sepang last year. The Aprilia rider appealed against his 18-month suspension, while WADA also went to CAS to have the ban extended to four years. In a ruling announced on Tuesday, CAS said its panel found Iannone "had failed to establish neither the precise type of meat he consumed nor the origin of said meat" and that the case of contamination had not been specifically established. While it could not rule out the possibility Iannone's story was true, the panel concluded he had committed an anti-doping rule violation as he had failed to establish, on the balance of probabilities, that the offence was not intentional. Upholding WADA's appeal and dismissing Iannone's, CAS imposed a four-year ban on the 31-year-old backdated to December 17 last year and annulled all his competitive results from November 1, 2019.