After an extended silence Andrea Iannone showed up before reporters yesterday, at only a few days from the listening to on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sports activities. Tomorrow morning he’ll be in court docket in Lausanne for a trial through which the judges won’t be current (because of the Covid-19 emergency) however can be linked remotely. The president of the panel can be Hamid Gaharavi, chosen by the protection, Franco Frattini, whereas Michael Beloff (who has usually represented WADA prior to now) was chosen by the FIM.
What are the potential sentences for Andrea? “The state of affairs ranges from zero to 4 years,” was his legal professional, Antonio De Rensis’, response. The protection has requested for a full acquittal, the FIM is happy with the 18-month suspension to which it sentenced him final April, whereas WADA (the World Anti-Doping Company) would love the sentence to be elevated to 4 years.
On the eve of the listening to, nobody is aware of what the end result can be. The annulment of a suspension is a dream greater than one thing they’ll hope for. If it’s diminished to 12 months, it could be a victory. In that case, Iannone’s suspension would expire in December, so he could possibly be again on his Aprilia subsequent season. If, alternatively, they had been to verify eighteen months, it could virtually imply shedding one other season for him.
The issue is that WADA doesn’t wish to drop it. “They wrote that if Andrea’s being deemed constructive for meals contamination is accepted, then they need to change their protocols,” De Rensis specified. “I feel an individual comes earlier than a protocol. The system has to alter.”
College of Turin professor Alberto Salomone, one of many protection consultants, recalled how, prior to now, the protocol modified for nandrolone and clebuneterol, for which there have been constructive instances that weren’t attributable to doping. Concerning dronastanolone (for which Andrea examined constructive), disqualification is computerized.
In keeping with the protection, nonetheless, the rider from Vasto took in unintentionally when he ate a contaminated steak in Malaysia. “The hair check dominated out a protracted publicity to steroids. Nobody is silly sufficient to make use of them sometimes, so there may be solely the potential for an unintended consumption,” was Solomone’s reconstruction.
Andrea will enter the courtroom round 9 am tomorrow. The trial might final all day. Then the three judges must resolve, and the sentence (last, with out the potential for additional appeals) is predicted inside just a few days, every week on the most. Solely then will Iannone know if he’ll have the ability to get on his Aprilia once more.