The court of Italy’s Anti-Doping Agency, NADO, has finally made its decision regarding elite swimmers Filippo Magnini and Michele Santucci. Both swimmers have been banned for 4 years.
As we reported last month, the court delayed their previously scheduled October judgement concerning the pair’s punishment for their involvement with Guido Porcellini, a nutritionist who wound up being banned for 30 years for violating anti-doping policies.
Accused of ‘use or attempted use of doping substances’, as well as abetting and administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance, Magnini was facing a possible 8-year ban, although he is retired. Santucci’s accusations involved only the use or attempted use of doping substances.
36-year-old Magnini was a mainstay of the international swimming scene from 2003 to 2016, when he was a triple European Champs medalist at age 34.
From our previous reporting on the case:
- NADO Italia, Italy’s national anti-doping agency, reports that Porcellini was banned for 30 years as of July 2.
- Italian news services report that Magnini could face an 8-year ban.
- Magnini’s Fate Still Unknown as Hearing Resolution Postponed.
Both swimmers are expected to appeal the decision.