Manila Pennacchio positive drug test

Two-Times Fittest in Italy Manila Pennacchio Banned from Competition After Positive Drug Test

Pennacchio, who finished 62nd in the Open, won’t be able to compete until 2023.

CrossFit has announced that athlete Manila Pennacchio was in breach of the drug policy and will be banned from competition.

The Italian athlete tested positive for GW1516 sulfoxide and GW1516 sulfone, which are metabolites of GW1516, also known as Endurobol. The PED is known to have been the one 2017 CrossFit Games Podium Finisher Ricky Garard tested positive for after the Games.

CrossFit’s announcement also included Ricky’s brother, Ben Garard, testing positive for the same PED after withdrawing from the Down Under CrossFit Championship.

This substance is known to cause cancer to develop rapidly in certain organs. WADA developed a test for GW501516 and other related chemicals and added them to the prohibited list in 2009, after the Beijing Olympics.

Pennachio’s drug test came back positive after she was tested at the Italian Showdown on April 16, 2019. She won’t be eligible to compete again until April 26, 2023.

She has finished within the top 4 in Italy since 2015, was crowned National Champion in 2017 and 2018, and finished the Open ranked 2nd in Italy this year.

The individual female competitor knew about the outcome last week, after she launched an appeal to CrossFit which, according to her, was rejected within 10 hours.

On an Instagram post she wrote (translated from Italian):

“On 26 April 2019 I went to the Italianshowdown competition with the desire to have fun and have a good experience. I was aware that there would be doping tests and that I would definitely be tested.

“I was there unconcerned knowing that I had nothing to hide or much less to fear. I was amazed when I learn that I have failed the Test for a substance, such as the Cardarina, which I state that I have not voluntarily taken to benefit in sporting performance.

“I immediately presented an appeal in order to shed light on this matter, not knowing the details and conditions under which the tests were carried out, quantities present, etc. with the help of my lawyer @Lucamorassutto and a WADA recognized expert to examine all the documents that have apparently emerged not to be entirely in order.

“The fact is that yesterday I presented an appeal where I explained all the technical assessments of the case and why there would not be the conditions for a complete possible “conviction” and already tonight I received a negative answer.

“Not even 10 hours have passed. So this appeal was not even considered well. The thing that matters most to me, since crossfit already publicly announces the results of the tests, even before the other party can expose it to the end, is that I wanted to be able to tell it to all of you who have always supported me.

“Maybe now that crossfit is no longer on social media, it would have been muted, but I’m still me, the one who for better or for worse always says what she thinks.

“The possible explanations are to have taken it through environmental contamination or supplements because the presence was minimal and if I wanted to take it deliberately the concentration should have been much higher. (technical appraisals in the appeal that I will tell you in detail soon)

“Anyone who knows me knows how much hard work there is to build all this and I only regret that this news has slipped on the mouths of those who already judged only by hearsay without knowing the veracity of the facts, but I only hope that you all remember what a person I am, so much to deserve all your support.”

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Il 26 aprile 2019 parto per la gara Italianshowdown con la voglia di divertirmi e fare una bella esperienza. Vado consapevole del fatto che ci sarebbero stati i doping test e che io sicuramente sarei stata testata. Ero lì tranquillamente sapendo di non aver nulla da nascondere o tanto meno da temere. Il mio stupore quando apprendo di aver fallito il Test per una sostanza, quale la Cardarina che premetto di non aver assunto volontariamente per avere beneficio nelle prestazioni sportive. Ho presentato immediatamente appello al fine di fare luce su questa vicenda non conoscendo i dettagli e condizioni in cui sono stati svolti i test, quantità presenti ecc. con l'aiuto del mio avvocato @lucamorassutto e di un perito riconosciuto WADA per esaminare tutti i documenti che a quanto pare sono emersi non del tutto in regola. Sta di fatto che ieri ore 13 ho presentato appello dove si spiegava tutte le valutazioni tecniche del caso e perché non ci sarebbero i presupposti per una completa eventuale "condanna" e già stanotte mi è arrivata risposta di accettazione negativa. Non sono passate neanche 10 ore. Quindi questo appello non è stato neanche preso bene in considerazione. La cosa che mi preme di più dato che crossfit già annuncia pubblicamente gli esiti dei test ancor prima che la controparte abbia potuto esporre fino in fondo, é che volevo essere io a poterlo dire a tutti voi che mi avete sempre sostenuta. Magari ora che crossfit non è più sui social sarebbe passato in sordina, ma io sono sempre io, quella che nel bene e nel male dice sempre quello che pensa. Le spiegazioni possibili è averlo assunto tramite contaminazione ambientale o di supplementi in quanto la presenza era minima e se avessi voluto prenderlo deliberatamente la concentrazione sarebbe dovuta essere molto più alta. (valutazioni tecniche nell'appello che vi dirò in dettaglio presto) Chi mi conosce sa quanto duro lavoro c'è per costruire tutto questo e mi dispiace solo che questa notizia sia scivolata sulle bocche di chi già giudicava solo per sentito dire senza conoscere la veridicità dei fatti, ma io spero solo che tutti ricordiate che persona sono, tanto da meritare tutto il vostro sostegno.

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