Motorcyclist receives sanction
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) acknowledges the decision of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme International Disciplinary Court (the Court) to impose a two-year ban on athlete Anthony West for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance and the use of a prohibited substance.
Mr West returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for Benzoylecognine (metabolite of cocaine) from an in-competition doping control test on 8 July 2018.
Cocaine is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is prohibited in-competition.
Generally, cocaine produces an intense ‘rush’ with users feeling a sense of euphoria, alertness, arousal, and increased confidence. Many users find the drug addictive and may face a number of short and long term health problems including an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, kidney failure, and seizures or stroke.
As per the FIM Anti-Doping Code, if no significant fault or negligence is applied then the period of ineligibility can be reduced to 12 months, as was the case in this matter.
As this was Mr West’s second Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) (the first ADRV having occurred within the last 10 years), in accordance with Article 10.7.1 of the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the period of ineligibility imposed on the Athlete was increased to two years, being twice the period of ineligibility otherwise applicable.
Note: The first ADRV was for the presence of methylhexaneamine in Mr West’s sample during a doping control test on 20 May 2012. The case was ultimately decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 22 November 2013, where an 18 month period of ineligibility was imposed.
The Court imposed a two-year ban on Mr West commencing on 14 September 2018.
Mr West will be eligible to return to competition on 14 September 2020.