Luis Patino, a Mexican tennis player, has been suspended from competition for three years after admitting to having in his possession and using or attempting to use chemicals that are forbidden by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Patino specifically acknowledged using or owning the illegal drugs stanozolol and clenbuterol.
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The whole judgment prohibiting Patino
Here is the complete text of the ITIA’s judgment: “The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Mexican tennis player Luis Patio from competition for three years, according to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA). The player admitted to having the substances in his possession and using them or attempting to use them.
The details were discovered during an ITIA Tennis Anti-Corruption Program investigation. Evidence of the player’s possession of the prohibited substances clenbuterol and stanozolol was discovered during that investigation.
Patio confessed on September 18, 2022, that they had violated paragraphs 2.2 and 2.6 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program by having both chemicals in their possession and using them or attempting to use them (TADP).
In accordance with the TADP, certain Anti-Doping Rule Violations are subject to a one-year reduction in sentence based on prompt admission. As a result, the ITIA decided that the player should be subject to a three-year suspension, which was reduced from four years and retroactive to the player’s initial provisional suspension date of July 15, 2022.
Therefore, the player’s suspension will last until July 14, 2025. “Not all anti-doping consequences include a positive test, and this case highlights the benefits of the ITIA’s integrated approach to integrity in tennis,” said Nicole Sapstead, Senior Director of Anti-Doping for the ITIA.
The fact that we were able to follow a non-analytical finding in this manner is a tribute to our intelligence and investigations teams, and it sends a strong message to anyone in the sport who could be tempted to make a mistake that there could be consequences, even years later.
The International Tennis Federation, the world’s governing body of tennis and a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), has designated the ITIA as a third party under the Code. In accordance with the 2022 TADP, the ITIA is in charge of managing and administering anti-doping throughout professional tennis.”