Nigerian-born athlete Patrick Chinedu has been caught in the middle of an ongoing scandal involving Spain's anti-doping body CELAD and the World Anti-doping Agency
Among the cases exposed, Nigerian-born athlete Patrick Chinedu Ike is at the forefront of the scandal, with serious allegations surrounding the handling of positive doping tests.
Questionable practices by Spanish anti-doping body
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One notable practice involved sending investigation documents via mail rather than email, allowing athletes to open cases in the Tribunal for Sport and subsequently archive them if they claimed not to have received timely notification.
Patrick Chinedu Ike's positive tests
Patrick Chinedu Ike, a Spanish athlete of Nigerian descent, reportedly tested positive for three banned substances during the specified period.
Shockingly, despite the positive tests appearing on the WADA online system, no investigation was initiated, and Ike continued to compete without facing any repercussions.
Marathon Runner Majida Maayouf's Retroactive Permission
Marathon runner Majida Maayouf was also allegedly granted retroactive permission to use banned substances for therapeutic reasons. This permission was initially provided indefinitely but was later rescinded 18 months later.
Head of Anti-Doping Control Jesus Munoz-Guerra purportedly avoided launching an investigation and imposing sanctions on Maayouf during this process.
Flaws in CELAD testing standards
CELAD have also been accused of reportedly spending taxpayer money on tests that failed to meet required standards. Instances were cited where only one tester was sent instead of the mandated two, rendering the tests voidable.
Despite these oversights and procedural flaws being brought to light, WADA allegedly remained inactive and did not address the issues.
WADA's tame response and lack of sanctions
The Relevo report highlights that no Spanish athletes faced sanctions during the five years in question, while Argentine World Cup winner and former Sevilla footballer Papu Gomez is currently appealing sanctions for ingesting a banned substance, maintaining that it was accidental.
Head of Anti-Doping Control Jesus Munoz-Guerra is currently facing legal proceedings for falsification of public documents, which could result in an 8-9 year jail term.
Despite the serious allegations and ongoing legal proceedings, against the head of CELAD, Jesus Munoz-Guerra. In a surprising turn of events, Munoz-Guerra has reportedly been rewarded for his work and is set to be involved in the Olympic Committee, overseeing their anti-doping processes for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The unfolding scandal raises serious questions about the effectiveness of anti-doping measures and the need for a thorough investigation into the practices of both CELAD and WADA in ensuring fair and clean competition in sports.