Unihockey player banned for four years for doping

27.05.2019 - Law

The Swiss Olympic Disciplinary Chamber imposes a four-year ban and a fine on Unihockey (Floorball) player Mikael Karlsson due to the consumption of cocaine.

The 37 year-old Swede Mikael Karlsson has been banned for four years by the Swiss Olympic Disciplinary Chamber for Doping Cases (DC) due to the presence of cocaine, a substance that is prohibited in competition, in the doping sample of the athlete. The ban has applied since 16th November 2018, the start of the provisional ban, and is effective for all types of sport worldwide.

On the basis of a doping test in early October 2018, the professional player tested positive for cocaine. As a result, at the request of Antidoping Switzerland, the DC pronounced a provisional ban. In the disciplinary proceedings that were subsequently opened, the athlete was sanctioned with a four-year ban. In addition, the convicted athlete must agree to pay the costs of testing and analysis and of the proceedings as well as compensation of legal costs to the prevailing party, Antidoping Switzerland, amounting to a total of 2,292.95 Swiss francs. The decision is not yet legally binding.

Antidoping Switzerland reminds all athletes that stimulants – which also include illegal drugs such as cocaine and amphetamine – are prohibited in competition. Evidence of these substances, irrespective of the time or purpose of use, will be judged as a positive sample in a competition test. Cocaine is regarded as an unspecified substance, for which a standard ban of four years applies.