Following is a Press Release by The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) – the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling.
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has advised Australian rider Anthony West that the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) has rejected his request for lifting of his provisional suspension imposed pursuant to Article 7.9 of the FIM Anti-doping Code (CAD).
The B sample, which was analysed at Mr. West’s request at the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne on Tuesday 23 October, confirmed the analysis of the A sample.
To date, Mr. West has not explained as to how the prohibited substance entered his body.
The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. West was mandatory following the receipt of a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of a non-specified substance under Section 6 (Stimulants) of the 2018 FIM Prohibited List, in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the round of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship held in Misano, San Marino.
The FIM wishes to highlight that as per Article 2.1.1 CAD, it is the Rider’s responsibility to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his body and that it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on the Rider’s part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1 CAD (principle of Strict Liability).
Mr. Anthony West is provisionally suspended with effect from 14 September 2018. He is therefore barred from participating in any motorcycling competition or activity until further notice and pending a final decision on the merits of the case.
Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time. ——-