ITU announces two age group suspensions

Age-group triathletes Stephen Thompson (AUS) and Nuno Jose Pereira e Silva suspended for positive tests from world championship events in Australia and Spain.

| July 29, 2019 | NEWS

The International Triathlon Union announced today that two age group athletes have been suspended for anti-doping rule violations.

Australia's Stephen Thompson, a runner up in the 35 to 39 age group in the sprint event at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast, will be suspended for four years after his "urine sample returned an adverse analytical finding for the non-specified substance EPO."

Thompson also competed as a guide for a visually impaired athlete, Gerard Gosens, at those same championships, which means that Gosens has now been disqualified, too.

Portugal's Nuno Jose Pereira e Silva has also been suspended for two years based on a positive test from the 2019 Pontevedra ITU Long Distance World Championship. Silva finished second in the men's 40-44 age category. His "urine sample returned an adverse analytical finding for Ephedrind and Oxilofrine," according to a release from the ITU.