Luciano Dos Santos Suspended From Rio Paralympics

Another athlete will be missing the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games due to doping, and this one is a big loss. Brazilian thrower, Luciano Dos Santos has been suspended for four years the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Monday.

Dos Santos tested positive for stanozolol and oxandrolone after a test at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix event in Rio. The two substances are considered Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids, and are not available for use in or out of competition.

That test took place on the 18th of May, and any results from that day forward are now considered void. Dos Santos’ ban expires on 2 June 2020, which in theory gives the athlete a chance at Tokyo which is in August 2020, but with no competition allowed until just before he would not be able to qualify and at the age of 40, he would have never qualified for Tokyo anyway, having been looking for Rio as a swansong.

Dos Santos was a strong medal hope for the host nation and competed in three events four years ago. Dos Santos will have the right to appeal the decision and given this is his home Paralympics it seems likely he will file that appeal, which should be heard before the Rio Paralympics.

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