The Portuguese Sergio Silva Oro in the 2011 Duathlon Championship suspended 6 months for doping

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that it has imposed a six-month ban on Sergio Silva, a duathlete from Portugal, after having committed an anti-doping rule violation in a doping control during the test held in the 2011 in Gijón (Spain) ITU Duathlon World Championship in which he won gold.

The ban will end on May 9, 2012 and prohibits Silva from participating in any competition or activity authorized by the ITU, its National Federations (NF) and / or any other signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code.


The violation of the standard was the result of the presence of demethylpentilamine (DMPA), also known as methylhexaneamine (MHEA). DMPA is a stimulant and a prohibited substance, according to the WADA Prohibited List and the ITU Anti-Doping Rules.

The certificate of analysis confirmed the adverse analytical result was received by the ITU from the National Anti-Doping Laboratory in Madrid, accredited by WADA and indicated the presence of DMPA.

On January 19, 2012, the Madrid Laboratory, reported that the analysis of sample B confirmed the finding of use of DMPA (MHEA) in a Silva sample, resulting in a violation of anti-doping rules, in accordance with Article 2.1.2 of the ITU Anti-Doping Rules and the Anti-Doping World Cup.

Silva appealed for leniency provisions on the grounds that the finding of DMPA in the sample is the result of his ingestion of Top Fuel Launch, a dietary supplement prescribed by his nutritionist who mistakenly confirmed that it did not contain prohibited substances, but did contain In fact, significant amounts of geranium oil also known as depot dimethylpentylamine (DMPA).

The Hearing Commission concluded that Silva's documentation and evidence was persuasive and that he took the substance inadvertently, with no intention of improving his performance. However, the panel also considered that Silva must also consider the same standard as all other athletes. He was warned about the dangers of supplement use, relied on faulty advice from his nutritionist, and did no further research on the reference to the use of DMPA on the supplement label.

After reviewing all the facts in this case and carefully deliberating on all issues, the ITU Anti-Doping Commission concluded the mandatory 2-year sanction for a first anti-doping violation under article 10.2 of the anti-doping rules of the ITU UTI can be reduced. The group decided that Silva has committed an anti-doping rule violation and will be suspended for 6 months.

As a result, Silva will lose his gold medal and all points in the ITU Duathlon World Championships ranking and must return all prize money.

It is the hope of the Task Force that this case will prompt all triathletes not only to become aware of their responsibilities and obligations under the ITU Rules and the WADA Code, but to take seriously by being aware of everything they ingest and avoiding the use of dietary supplements.

The decision of the Anti-Doping Commission is final, but can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, by Silva, the Portuguese Triathlon Federation or the WADA.

ITU is firmly committed to maintaining the integrity of the sport by ensuring athletes are competing on a level playing field and assisting the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to help keep triathlon clean. The ITU anti-doping rules are written in compliance with the WADA Code. A National Federation (NF) affiliated with the ITU must comply with the WADA Code and ITU Regulations.


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