Guillermo Bértola Suspended For Four Years By FINA
Robert Fox, FINA.
Guillermo Bértola has competed on the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series for 12 years, winning the races from his native Argentina (57 km Maratón Acuatíco Río Coronda) to Canada (32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean where he set a wetsuit course record in 6 hours 19 minutes).
Bértola has competed in the FINA World Championships and professional marathon swims around the world. Since 2014, he has organized the Copa Challenger Guillermo Bertola, a series of open water swimming races in Los Molinos, Argentina.
One of the consistently top swimmers in the marathon swimming world has been suspended until 2024.
Robert Fox, chairman of the FINA Doping Panel, announced that Bértola committed a violation of the FINA anti-doping rules. “He is punished by the penalty of 4 years of suspension from January 20th 2020 – the date of his provisional suspension – until January 19th 2024.”
The punishment was significant: all results since January 23rd 2018 are cancelled including the loss of medals, points, prizes and reimbursement of prizes in money.
Fox explained, “He violated an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under FINA DC 2.2, Use of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method in accordance with FINA DC 10.2.1.1.”
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