World ParaVolley announced today that Levi Cesar Gomes of Brazil, an athlete in the sport of Sitting Volleyball, has accepted a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for two prohibited substances. Gomes tested positive for Stanozolol and a metabolite of tamoxifen, as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on October 26, 2017.
Stanozolol is in the class of Anabolic Agents under S1 of the WADA 2017 Prohibited List and is a Non-specified substance. It is prohibited at all times under the World ParaVolley Anti-Doping Rules, and the World Anti-Doping Code.
Tamoxifen is classified as a Selective estrogen receptor modulator under S4.2 of the WADA 2017 Prohibited List. It is a Specified Substance. Stanozolol is in the class of Anabolic Agents and is also prohibited at all times.
Gomes’ four-year period of ineligibility began on November 23, 2017, the date of Notice of Provisional Suspension. In addition, Gomes has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to November 23, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
World ParaVolley provides comprehensive information and links on its website on prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and a list of drug reference hotlines in an effort to aid athletes and support team members in understanding Anti-Doping rules that apply to them. World ParaVolley offers educational sessions with the member organization’s international athletes and provides educational materials at International events.
World ParaVolley’s Anti-Doping information page can be found HERE.
It is an expectation that each National member organization of World ParaVolley also provide values-based education to its international Athletes including the Prohibited list, the risks and consequences of doping, the testing process, risks of supplement use, and rights and responsibilities of Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel.
World ParaVolley is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes within the sport disciplines of ParaVolley sport, and is dedicated to preserving clean sport through testing and education programming.