Athlete banned for using ‘fake penis’ to cheat test

An Italian athlete who allegedly tried using a fake penis to cheat a doping test has been banned for 30 months. His girlfriend has also been banned from sport for two years for allegedly helping him.

Athlete banned for using 'fake penis' to cheat test
Devis Licciardi faces a 30 month ban from athletics. . Photo: Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera

Devis Licciardi, a long-distance runner with the Air Force Team, is alleged to have filled a fake penis with ‘clean’ urine and tried to use it as a sample during a test in September. He was caught during the test following a 10km race in Molfetta, Bari.

A prosecutor for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Monday asked a sporting tribunal to ban the runner for 30 months, while his girlfriend has been banned from sport for two years for allegedly helping him, Italian media reported.

According to anti-doping test guidelines, an athlete usually provides a urine sample under the direct observation of a Doping Control Officer (DCO) of the same gender.

A spokeswoman for UKAD, the UK’s anti-doping organization, told The Local in September that although there is a lot of ‘hearsay’ of similar cases, it is rare to hear of an athlete managing to cheat strict international standards in such a way.

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