Madrid’s public prosecutor’s office, which saw a “legal imperative” to bring doping cases, will investigate a positive result that was buried by anti-doping.

The provincial prosecutor’s office in Madrid will analyze whether the former director of the Spanish Commission for the fight against doping in sports, Jose Luis Terreros, committed a crime by not processing the positive result of the sprinter Patrick Chinedu, among other possible violations that the prosecutor’s office referred to him by the state general. The same prosecutor’s office recently issued a ruling that it was a “legal imperative” to open a case against doping athletes. At the time, he did it to save Tereros in another case, as he did in two other complaints, but the literature is now directed against the anti-doping chief from 2013 until last month, when he was fired by the executive.

From at least 2018, CELAD knew it had a problem with the company that did the anti-doping control, Germany’s PWC, because there was often only one agent. However, the Spanish decree somewhat confusingly specified that there should be two. The positives obtained in this way followed different paths: some progressed, some remained in the drawer, other athletes applied… Those who were buried never reached public opinion, which is protected by data protection law.

At least two amateur athletes sanctioned by the same agent have denounced CELAD’s leadership in court. In one, because they added that there was a second agent, and considered it to be a forgery of a public document, and the other accused Tereros of prevarication, that he had been sanctioned by one agent.

In both cases – and a second case related to a complaint to the prosecutor’s office – the Public Ministry sided with Terreros. The team of Madrid’s chief prosecutor, María Pilar Rodríguez Fernández, concluded that Tereros was obliged to open the file. On November 23, in a letter accessed by eldiario.es, he stated: “Regardless of whether the formal requirements for the collection of urine samples were met,” the director of CELAD was “obliged” by legal authority to initiate disciplinary action. Procedures for receiving notification from the laboratory about the suspected presence of doping substances”. And he added: “All this, regardless of how many control agents are involved in taking samples.”

The Provincial Court of Madrid completed the filing of the case on January 11 and agreed with the prosecution. Along the same lines, he noted that the case must be initiated by a single agent: “Accordingly, despite the violations or anomalies identified, Jesús Muñoz Guerra Revilla. [lefe de Antidopaje y número dos de Terreros] “Had to offer to reopen the case on the basis that the sampling that was not in accordance with the law was not decisive in the analytical result and therefore did not invalidate the result.”

This, which was a lifeline for Tereros just a month ago, is now his burden. Because on Jan. 2, the Ministry of Education forwarded to the state attorney general’s office an internal employee complaint that, among other things, indicated that international sprinter Patrick Chinedu tested positive for nandrolone in 2019, but it was never filed because there was only one agent. The case, discovered by eldiario.es, started the CELAD scandal that cost its director his job and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s threat against Spain. In the case of Chinedu Terreros, he did the exact opposite of what prosecutors say was a “legal imperative.” In several interviews and in person, Terreros said that at the time there was an open dispute from another athlete that prevented him from acting. It wasn’t, that argument is for later.

The General Prosecutor’s Office analyzed all the documents and, after a month of study, forwarded the documents to the Madrid Prosecutor’s Office. It relates not only to the Chinedu case, but also to the issue of control by one anti-doping agent in the event that there has been an irregular use of public money by accepting valid controls carried out by one agent but billed as if there were two. or the case of athletes who received retroactive permission to take doping substances without a positive test (The relay is open (that record holder Majida Mayouf tested positive in Germany, but CELAD covered her with retroactive authorization).

In principle, the Madrid Prosecutor’s Office has always supported Terreros and CELAD. The second of the agency, for example, will sit in court against the verdict of the prosecutor’s office. But the irony is that he did it in cases where Terroros did the opposite of what he is doing now. If he was handling cases with one agent then, he now has to see the ones he left in limbo.

Source: El Diario

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