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.
Informo a los medios de comunicación, a la opinión pública y a toda la gente que me ha apoyado todo este tiempo una noticia muy dura y lamentable…
Posted by Mauricio Fiol on Thursday, August 1, 2019