Another drug shock hovers the Australian sport: Triathlete is stripped of its silver medal and banned for four years after a positive test for a banned substance
- Australian triathlete tested positive against prohibited dust erythropoietes
- Stephen Thompson won silver in the 30 to 39 age group on the Gold Coast
- International Triathlon Union said his urine & # 39; negative analytical findings & # 39; brought back
- He was stripped of his gold medal and was banned from fighting for four years
An Australian triathlete has been stripped of his silver medal and banned for four years after participating in a drug test.
Stephen Thompson won the silver medal in the 30 to 39 age group sprint event at the Gold Coast Grand Final World Championship in September 2018.
however, the International Triathlon Union announced that his urine sample was a & # 39; negative analytical finding & # 39; yielded.
& # 39; His urine sample yielded an unfavorable analytical finding for the non-specified substance EPO, classified under the prohibited list as a peptide hormone, & # 39; said the ITU.
Stephen Thompson (photo) won Silver during the sprint event of 30 to 39 age groups at the Gold Coast Grand Final World Championship in September 2018
The sprint event at Surfers Paradise consists of a 750-meter swimming trip, a 20-kilometer cycle and a five-kilometer run.
Thompson was banned from a four-year competition that began on December 19 last year – the date he was temporarily suspended.
& # 39; The results and points that he achieved during the Gold Coast Grand Final 2018 are disqualified, with all the consequences that entails, including the loss of titles, prizes, medals, points and mock money, & # 39; ITU wrote.
He also participated as a guide for visually impaired athlete Gerrard Gosens, whose results were also disqualified as a result of the drug test.
The ITU said the period of disability extends to competitions in every sport at every level.
Thompson insists that he & # 39; knowingly & # 39; has not used illegal means, but does not want to push against the ITU.
& # 39; I tried to stand up for myself with those guys – they had a lot of negative and positive results – and they decided to choose the path they did, & # 39; he said The age.
Traithlon Australia's Chief Executive Miles Stewart said he doesn't feel bad for Thompson because he & # 39; was wrong & # 39; has done and & # 39; must do his time & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We are pleased that we caught this person in the act and provided the sanctions accordingly, & # 39; said Mr. Stewart.
Mr. Stewart said he would be more worried if Thompson was a top athlete, since it was rarely for athletes in the age group to test positive for doping.
& # 39; We are one of the few sports in the country to test athletes in age groups because we believe it is very important to provide a safe and fair environment for all our racing competitors. And when you test, you sometimes catch people, & he said.
Despite the fact that he did not feel sorry for Thompson, Mr. Stewart said that he did feel for Gosens because he had lost points for Paralympic selection because of his own mistake.
Gosens said the points are crucial for his 2020 qualification and was & # 39; disappointed & # 39; by what had happened.
WHAT IS ERYTHROPOIETIN (EPO)?
Erythropoietin (EPO) is a performance-enhancing drug that can help improve an athlete's endurance.
EPO is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by cells in the kidneys, but is also available as a pharmaceutical.
The substance stimulates the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow and regulates the concentration of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood.
The use of EPO increases oxygen absorption, reduces fatigue and improves endurance by increasing the speed of red cell production.
It is also believed to increase the metabolism and healing process of muscles and enable them to work more effectively.
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