Ferrari, Del Moral, And Marti Banned For Life

Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral (cycling team doctor), Dr. Michele Ferrari (cycling team consulting doctor), and Jose “Pepe” Martí (cycling team trainer) have received lifetime periods of ineligibility from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the result of their anti-doping rule violations in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy.

The other three respondents in the case, Lance Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, and Dr. Pedro Celaya were asked for arbitration to go forward or have been given five-day extensions. Lance Armstrong was accused by former teammates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton of using and promoting EPO, anabolic steroids, blood transfusions, and growth hormones. Armstrong decided not to contest the doping charges and was handed a lifetime ban besides being stripped from all his titles, including seven Tour de France titles.

Ferrari, Del Moral, and Marti accepted their lifetime bans, according to USADA CEO Travis Tygart. He added that objective of the anti-doping agency is to safeguard the rights of clean athletes by helping the sport of cycling get rid of those who abuses their influencing by coercing, encouraging, or assisting sportsmen in cheating through performance enhancing drugs. Tygart added that it is the responsibility of the USADA to act and conduct a thorough, fair investigation to uncover the truth when it has information about the existence of a sophisticated, far-reaching doping conspiracy. The USADA Chief added that permanently banned sport cheats is a powerful statement that safeguards the present and future generations of sportsmen while preserving the integrity of future competition.

Dr. Michele Ferrari is already banned for life in Italy for alleged doping offenses and was consulted with he US Postal Service team and Discovery Channel teams during seven-year Tour de France reign of Armstrong. The doctor is said to have assisted riders to inject the drug intravenously for avoiding having the EPO be detected in the urine test besides providing his assistance in blood doping.

Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral was the team physician for the USPS Cycling Team from 1999 through 2003 and was accused of assisting cyclists to carry out performance enhancing doping including blood transfusions besides saline infusions for preventing the doping from being detected by blood value checks. He was also accused of administering EPO, testosterone, corticosteroids and human growth hormone, all of which are banned by the World Anti-doping Agency code. The doctor was famously videotaped disposing of the medical waste of the USPS team at the 2000 Tour de France but the incident investigated by the French authorities was eventually closed without incident.

Jose “Pepe” Martí was a trainer for the USPS and Discovery Channel teams from 1999-2007 and was banned for delivering doping products that included EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone (hGH), and cortisone from Valencia, Spain and assisting in administering EPO, saline infusions to avoid detection by drug testing and in transfusing blood to riders.

The ban on Ferrari, Del Moral, and Marti will preclude all three men from having any involvement in sports which are signatories to the WADA code.

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