CrossFit HQ Confirms Pedro Martins Supplements Were Contaminated
CrossFit HQ announced a final ruling on Brazilian Pedro Martins drug sanction after the appeals process, reducing his sanction from the typical four-year ban to only two years. CrossFit did not initially give a reason for the reduced sentence but the 34-year-old Martins has since revealed he was able to prove his supplements were tainted after a Morning Chalk Up inquiry.
What they’re saying: “Through a lengthy process that included Pedro Martin’s original disclosure of the supplements he used, and then having those supplements lab-tested, he was able to prove that his supplements were in fact contaminated with Clomiphene,” said Justin Bergh, CrossFit’s general manager of Sport.
- “CrossFit never issued a four-year penalty since his appeal was still pending. However, despite evidence that his supplements were contaminated, Pedro will serve a minimum two-year ban for competing with banned substances in his system.”
One big thing: This is the second individual athlete in recent history who has been able to prove that their supplements were, in fact, contaminated and didn’t knowingly take a performance-enhancing drug. However, this is still a very rare occurrence as the process is lengthy, complicated and expensive.
- Larissa Cunha, also from Brazil, received only a two-year ban in 2021 after proving her supplements were tainted. She’s eligible to compete in the 2024 Games season.
Martins is eligible to compete again in the 2025 Games season.
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