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Helder Ornelas banned 4 years for failing "biological passport" test

05-04-2012 08:50 BJT

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The "biological passport" program, introduced in the world of athletics to help identify potential drug cheats has uncovered its first positive case.

The IAAF has announced that 38-year-old Helder Ornelas, a former champion of the Milan and Prague Marathons, has been banned for four years by the Portuguese federation after being found guilty of doping. His suspension, marking the first time an athlete has been banned without an official positive test.

Portuguese long-distance runner Helder Ornelas, seen here winning the Prague Marathon in
2007, has been slapped with a four-year ban after becoming the first athlete to be found
guilty of a doping violation through anomalies in his "biological passport". (AFP
Photo/Michal Cizek)

Ornelas is being sanctioned based on a series of blood test results between December 2008 and November 2010. The biological passport program monitors an athlete’s blood variables over time to check for evidence of performance-enhancing drugs or methods.

Some of his samples proved to be suspicious, and was handed the four-year ban. Ornelas has decided to not appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the ban is final and binding under IAAF rules.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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