USADA announced today that Eliud Ngetich, of El Doret, Kenya, an athlete in the sport of track and field, has accepted a two-year period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation committed under the 2009 version of the World Anti-Doping Code.
Ngetich, 27, tested positive for nandrolone, also known as 19-nortestosterone. The results of isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) were consistent with exogenous origin of 19-norandrosterone (19-NA), a metabolite of nandrolone, in an out-of-competition urine sample collected on December 6, 2014. Nandrolone and 19-NA are Non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
After considering the case, USADA suspended one year of the two-year sanction due to the substantial assistance that Ngetich provided, which is the reason for the delay in announcing Ngetich’s sanction. Ngetich served a four-month provisional suspension from March 28, 2015 to July 27, 2015, and his remaining eight-month period of ineligibility began on August 19, 2021, the date he accepted this sanction. In addition, Ngetich has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on July 1, 2014 through July 27, 2015, the end of his provisional suspension, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
This makes zero sense.
Tilastopaja says he competed in five road races during his "provisional suspension" and a total of over 60 road races on US soil after failing his test, and I bet he ran in other obscure races that Tilastopaja never got results for. Why was that period of time chosen for the provisional suspension? Why four months? What was communicated to the athlete?
It looks like he stopped competing after 2019, so he is serving the rest of his "sentence" after it appears he has retired.
I still have a lot of issues with Tyson Gay's case, but at least USADA could point to Jon Drummond's ban and say what the "substantial assistance" was. What substantial assistance was offered here?
Who else is, or has been, secretly banned by USADA?