Ukrainian driver disqualified from road world championships after tramadol control

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A rider representing Ukraine is disqualified from the UCI Road World Championships in September after testing traces of tramadol in the individual time trial, the UCI confirmed on Wednesday.

Mykhaylo Kononenko, 35, raced the men’s time trial and the mixed team time trial for Ukraine but had his 43rd place finish in the TT scratched from the results sheet.

“Analysis of a dried blood sample provided by the rider on September 18, 2022 during the 2022 UCI Road World Championships revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites,” the UCI said on Wednesday.

The UCI said it carried out 32 tests for tramadol during the Wollongong Worlds. So far, this is the only confirmed case.

The UCI banned tramadol in competition in 2019, but the opioid painkiller won’t appear on WADA’s banned list until 2024.

As a result, cases of tramadol are not considered anti-doping violations, so only the Rider does not face additional penalties or other disciplinary action, and is free to continue competing.

Tramadol is back in the headlines following the high-profile case involving Nairo Quintana, who finished sixth in the 2022 Tour de France only to have his results overturned after testing tramadol in two samples, the UCI has said. .

Quintana recently lost their appeal to overturn the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Here is the full statement from the UCI:

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the Ukrainian rider Mykhaylo Kononenko has been sanctioned for a violation of the ban on the use of tramadol in competition as set out in the UCI Medical Regulations in order to protect the safety and health of runners in light of the side effects of this substance.

Analysis of a dried blood sample provided by the rider on September 18, 2022 during the 2022 UCI Road World Championships revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites.

In accordance with the UCI Medical Regulations, the rider is disqualified from the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. This decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the following 10 days.

During the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Australia), a total of 32 dried blood samples were collected as part of the tramadol programme.

Breaches of the ban on the use of tramadol in competition are breaches of the UCI Medical Regulations. They are not anti-doping rule violations. Being a first offence, Mykhaylo Kononenko is not declared ineligible and can therefore participate in the competitions.

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