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Nine CrossFit Athletes Eligible to Return to Competition After Serving 2017 Doping Bans

Amongst them, most notably, is CrossFit Games podium finisher Ricky Garard.

Nine athletes eligible to compete in CrossFit events after serving doping bans from 2017 have been announced.

Amongst them is 2017 CrossFit Games 3rd place finisher Ricky Garard, who was stripped from his title after testing positive for testolone and endurobol in a sample taken after the CrossFit Games.

Garard is the first and only elite individual CrossFit Games podium finisher to have failed a drug test.

The Australian athlete will be eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Oct. 3, 2021.

Other athletes who have served their doping bans include:

  • Josée Sarda submitted a sample at the 2017 CrossFit Games that contained ostarine and testolone. She was sanctioned for four years and will be eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Oct. 3, 2021.
  • Anthony “Tony” Turski submitted a sample at the 2017 CrossFit Games that contained anastrozole. He was sanctioned for four years and will be eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Oct. 3, 2021.
  • Stella Christoforou submitted a sample at the 2017 Meridian Regional that contained clenbuterol. She was sanctioned for four years and was eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on July 20, 2021.
  • Andrea Barbotti submitted a sample at the 2017 Meridian Regional that contained clomiphene. He was sanctioned for four years and was eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Aug. 8, 2021.
  • Paweł Leśnikowski submitted a sample at the 2017 Meridian Regional that contained clenbuterol and modafinil. He was sanctioned for four years and eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Aug. 21, 2021.
  • Ludovit Czokoly submitted a sample at the 2017 Meridian Regional that contained clomiphene. He was sanctioned for four years and was eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Aug. 23, 2021.
  • Gianluca Occhino submitted a sample at the 2017 Meridian Regional that contained tamoxifen. He was sanctioned for four years and was eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on Aug. 23, 2021.
  • Manfredi Ottavi submitted a sample to NADO Italia that contained stanozolol metabolites and drostanolone metabolites. He was sanctioned for four years and was eligible to compete in CrossFit Games competitions again on June 14, 2021.

Read more: 10 PEDs Banned by CrossFit and How They Affect the Human Body

Dave Castro, Director of Sport at CrossFit, has been an active supporter of Garard’s return to competition, openly welcoming the athlete back on his social media profiles.

What do you make of the return? Let us know in the comments section.

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