Handball player suspended for four years due to doping

30.04.2018 - Law

The Disciplinary Chamber for Doping Cases of Swiss Olympic suspended the handball player Arthur Gardent for four years and convicted him to pay 3’000 Swiss francs.

The professional handball player Arthur Gardent (20) will be suspended for four years by the Disciplinary Chamber for doping cases of Swiss Olympic due to a violation of the anti-doping rules, starting on 26 October 2017. Based on a specific reference by the Swiss customs authorities, Antidoping Switzerland did collect a sample of the young Frenchman, who played as a professional handball player for the RTV 1879 Basel in the Swiss Handball League (NLB). In the laboratory analysis he was shown to have taken the anabolic substance metandienone, which is prohibited in sports at all times.

In addition to a fine and the costs of the analysis, the athlete must also bear the costs of the proceedings and a compensation for Antidoping Switzerland in the total amount of approximately 3,000 Swiss francs.

At the hearing before the Disciplinary Board, the player stated that he had received the prohibited substance in tablet form from a fellow athlete in France. Antidoping Switzerland reminds all athletes to check the doping status of each drug (via the website www.antidoping.ch or Mobile App) before they use it. Furthermore, we warn emphatically against consuming unknown substances.