MEDIA RELEASE: CAS Ruling On Alanzo Greaves Case
Bridgetown, 25 January, 2017 – The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) has accepted the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) case in the matter of cyclist Alanzo Greaves.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled on a Sports-related arbitration on 5 January 2017, found that Guyanese cyclist Alanzo Greaves was guilty of an ADRV in accordance with Article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code, during his participation in the Tour of Guyana 5 Stage Cycle Road Race in November 2015.
Mr. Greaves’ urine sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), that is, a positive test, for the prohibited substance Testosterone. Further analysis of the urine sample by the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory reported a testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio greater than 25, thus confirming the substance testosterone or its metabolites was exogenously derived, that is not naturally produced by his body.
The Caribbean RADO Results Management Committee (RMC) considered laboratory analyses from the doping control test done during the Tour of Guyana Cycle Road Race, the defense submission filed by the athlete and imposed a sanction of a one (1) year period of ineligibility, which commenced November 1, 2015.
The decision of the RMC was appealed by WADA to CAS, which upheld the WADA appeal filed on June 20, 2016 on the grounds that the “athlete should have been sanctioned with a four year period of ineligibility rather than only one year.” CAS has determined that Mr. Greaves is sanctioned with a four-year period of ineligibility, commencing with the date of the CAS award, 5 January, 2017.
Having already served one year, the Caribbean RADO therefore implements the CAS decision to ban cyclist Alanzo Greaves for a further period of three years effective from January 5, 2017 until January 4, 2020.
In addition, any results, prizes, medals etc. obtained during the periods of ineligibility are to be forfeited. Therefore Mr. Greaves is declared ineligible from participating in any capacity in any event or activity (other than authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) or competition authorized, organized or sanctioned by the Guyana Olympic Association, Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization or any other Code Signatory during this period of ineligibility.
The Caribbean RADO takes this opportunity to remind National Sport Federations (NSFs) that doping control and values based education is paramount for protecting the rights of clean athletes in sport. As such, swift action will be taken against all individuals found to be negligible in consuming banned substances to enhance their performance.
ABOUT THE CARIBBEAN REGIONAL ANTI-DOPING ORGANIZATION
The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) was established in 2005, with the objective of promoting and coordinating the fight against doping in sport, in all its forms, among the countries of the Caribbean.
Dr. Adrian Lorde, Chairman
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