Another IRONMAN age group athlete suspended for doping

The world of triathlon faces a new episode of doping.

Derik Felix Afornali, a well-known triathlete in the age group category in long distance events, has been suspended for two years after testing positive for Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing drug.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) announced the sanction on October 4, 2022, marking an important precedent in the fight against doping in sport.

Clomiphene, classified as a hormonal and metabolic modulator on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of prohibited substances, is known for its effects on increasing testosterone production and, consequently, muscle mass.

Afornali's involvement in this anti-doping rule violation highlights the importance of maintaining integrity in the sport of triathlon.

With a career that includes victories in its category in events such as the Ironman 70.3 Maceió and Ironman 70.3 Florianopolis, as well as participations in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2017 and 2022, Afornali's career is now tarnished by this infraction.

The suspension, which will last until October 3, 2024, implies the disqualification of all your results after the date of the positive test.

This case underlines the continued commitment of the triathlon community and regulatory organizations, such as the ITA and IRONMAN, to the fight against doping.

By accepting the sanction without appeal, Afornali recognizes the consequences of his actions, serving as a reminder that fairness and cleanliness in sport are a top priority.

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