Just days before he was scheduled to make his return from a 2015 suspension for a failed doping test, Peruvian swimmer Mauricio Fiol has announced that he failed a 2nd doping test and will withdraw from the 2019 Pan American Games.
Fiol’s latest positive test is for the same substance that showed in the failed 2015 test: Stanozolol. The substance is classified by the World Anti-Doping Code as an Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid. The four-year suspension that he received for that failed test is the most that could have been awarded under the rules of that Code for a first offense. That suspension was handed out by the FINA Doping Panel, which ruled that there was insufficient evidence that the ingestion was accidental. That evidence would be necessary to reduce the suspension from the maximum 4 years, and the panel ruled that the burden of proof is on the athlete to provide evidence of accidental ingestion, and that lack of evidence of intentional doping is not sufficient to reduce the suspension.
Fiol says that he tested positive for banned substances in 2 of his last 4 FINA doping tests in the run up to the Pan American Games.
“My first responsibility is to publicize this information that has baffled me, since I have never consumed that substance.”
“I would be really disrespectful to my family and all the people who love me if I did it after all that I had to suffer these four years. I would have to be a self-destructive patient to get a substance for which I was already unfairly suspended.”
Fiol received a special waiver to compete for Peru at the Peruvian-hosted Pan American Games later this month in the 400 free relay, 800 free relay, and 400 medley relay. Fiol was disqualified after failing a positive test at the 2015 Pan American Games after he won a silver medal in the 200 fly – which he had to forfeit as a result of the suspension. The 25-year old, in spite of not having raced for Peru in 4 years, owns 6 Peruvian long course records individually.
Under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code that were implemented in 2015, athletes face a maximum 4-year suspension for a first violation of the World Anti-Doping Code, a maximum 8-year suspension for a second violation of the Code, and a lifetime ban for a third violation of the Code. Second and third violations are eligible for punishment reductions based on the same standards as first violations.
The pool swimming portion of the 2019 Pan American Games will take place from August 6th-10th, while the open water race will be held on August 4th.
Did he use his brother’s aftershave?
He drank his brothers aftershave
Your comments would rank among the most stupid on this site including Snarky & Daniel Carr. At least there are a number of other sensible, reasonable & unbiased comments.
Personally I usually like to give athletes the benefit of the doubt until proven guilty, contamination is a real thing…
But c’mon… Supposing his defense claims are true, the guy had FOUR YEARS to figure what went wrong and make sure it wouldn’t happen again.
By now even if that’s a contamination case it’s entirely his fault!
Honestly I believe he is sincere in his claim of not knowing how he ingested it – he clearly isn’t stupid enough to do this intentionally. Time to find the source of contamination and sue them to shreds
Surely no one would do this after a 4 year ban? Contamination?
Just a plan by Aussie swimming to take the focus away from Jack 🤔, maybe they contaminated the Peruvian tap water ?
That is an especially stupid comment please take note of my lengthy reply to JRED.
This is weird. You would think that if he got caught once, he wouldn’t do it again, at least not the same exact thing. Maybe there is something in his food. But then again there’s the case of Ben Johnson.
Stanozolol in your food? Oookkay
Stanozolol…haven’t heard of that one since the Ben Johnson days!
Shouldn’t there be people commenting ‘I trust him’?
oops sorry he’s not from an English speaking country.
I think those people saying they trust Shayna were actual Australians rather than it being some kind of Anglosphere bias.
It’s not America’s job to trust and defend the entire world. It’s up to him to offer a defense and then we can judge whether or not not we believe him.
The dopey Australians defending Shayna are kidding themselves.