Anti-Doping Updates - Nationals 2022
We begin with an apology to our community for the delay in releasing the Anti-Doping (AD) results from Nationals 2022. As this was our first-ever tested event and due to the results management process being coordinated with WADA and WAF in Europe, the proceedings took longer than anticipated. Rest assured, the experience gained will streamline future events.
At Nationals 2022 in Star Casino Sydney, two of our competitors, Josh Barker and Lachlan Carpenter, were charged with Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). They are now suspended from sports under the WADA umbrella, including armwrestling.
Leading up to Nationals 2022, the AAF emphasized that drug testing, while not guaranteed, is always a possibility at our events. The presence of Sport Integrity Austalia Staff before the finals and our on-stage announcement of testing requirements for all winners should have left no doubts about our commitment to clean competition. All athletes were well informed leaving no room for surprises.
In light of the Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Josh Barker and Lachlan Carpenter's 2022 National Titles are revoked, and their standings in the AAF Ranking system nullified. We request understanding and cooperation from all affected competitors as we adjust rankings and redistribute prizes.
Despite these circumstances, we want to acknowledge the prompt admission and expression of remorse from both competitors. They will serve a reduced three-year suspension, a testament to the seriousness of a WADA violation. Participating in any events organised by AAF, WAF/IFA National bodies, or other WADA-accredited sporting bodies during the suspension period may lead to an extension of the ban.
We are proud of the integrity of our community. Barker and Carpenter have taken responsibility for their actions and will continue to be part of our community during their suspension period, embodying the spirit of personal growth and mutual respect.
The official results were publicised months ago to the athletes and via the WAF website. This update reaffirms our commitment to curbing the use of performance-enhancing drugs in armwrestling. Our testing will be more vigilant to ensure a fair and equal playing field for all, particularly for our emerging young athletes.
Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued dedication to fair and clean competition.
Phil Rasmussen AAF President