Swimming: doping barrier for dried mushrooms

Swimming: doping barrier for dried mushrooms
  • Filippo Magnini was sentenced on Tuesday by the Sports Court of the Italian Olympic Committee for attempted doping to a four-year ban.
  • The swimmer will be charged with a transfer of 1200 euros to a doping physician and minutes of intercepted phone calls in which Magnini talked about fungi and integrators. According to the indictment, code terms for illicit Hammer Means.
  • The swimmer is determined to defend his reputation after the end of his career.

Can you dope with mushrooms? Nonsense, says Filippo Magnini, two-time swimming world champion (2005 and 2007) over 100 meters freestyle, 17-time European champion and relay bronze winner at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In Italy, the 36-year-old Magnini is also popular because he was associated with the swimming icon Federica Pellegrini – the role as a Prince Consort in the shadow of the extremely successful Pellegrini Magnini had never liked. Now he is a protagonist against his will and furious.

The Sports Court of the Italian Olympic Committee sentenced Magnini to a four-year ban on Tuesday for attempted doping. The charges of doping and trade support have been dropped. The prosecutor had demanded eight years. Magnini is already swimming for fun: Last year he ended his career.

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Nevertheless, he does not want to let this judgment sit on him. So this court thinks that I thought I was doing something wrong, and then I let it go, a trial against pure intention! " And he did not even think about doping. He had to complete more than 200 controls as an active, never found anything. The same applies to his former squadron colleague Michele Santucci, who is also to be locked for four years. "Never been positive and yet banned for doping – a record!" That is not completly correct. For the anti-doping agency Wada, athletes do not have to be caught red-handed in order to be exposed as a doper. In fact, Magnini is the friendly-collegial relationship with a convicted dealer fatal.

Physician Guido Porcellini has been on trial in Pesaro since 2015 for trafficking in non-authorized medicines from China. The NOK has already locked him for life, never again Porcellini may have to do with athletes. Among his clients as a "nutritionist" was next to Magnini and Santucci and Federica Pellegrini, but he already announced in 2014; she felt unprofessional. In the course of the ongoing criminal proceedings against Porcellini, the prosecutor also investigated against Magnini, to an indictment did not come. But the files went to Rome for sports court. The swimmer is now charged with transferring over € 1,200 to Porcellini and logs of intercepted phone calls in which Magnini talked about mushrooms and integrators. According to the indictment, code terms for illicit Hammer Means.

Magnini swears stone by foot that it was about real dry mushrooms, more specifically to the Cordyceps sinensis, a popular among athletes energy donors from Tibet, "simple integrators". The questioning by the doping prosecutor of the NOK had been "very strange", complained the former professional: "He has rammed his fist on the table and yelled in my face: Basta! This is a personal matter!" Magnini is a member of the anti-doping movement "I'm doping free", to which athletes can volunteer. In the case of a proven doping offense, a life-long ban automatically follows. The swimmer is determined to defend his reputation after the end of his career. Filippo Magnini appealed against the decision of the NOK.

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