Asian Games: Will PH keep gold after Justin Brownlee failed doping test? POC prexy responds

Justin Brownlee failing a doping test in Hangzhou won’t have any effect on the country’s victory in the men’s 5×5 basketball competition at the Hangzhou 2023 Asian Games according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino on Friday, October 13.

“The gold remains with us,” the POC president stated.

Tolentino adds that had two of Brownlee’s Gilas Pilipinas teammates tested positive, the scenario would be different and the Philippines’ gold medal would be forfeited.

Gold medal-winning Gilas Pilipinas team to the 2023 Asian Games [POC-PSC media pool photo]
Gold medal-winning Gilas Pilipinas team to the 2023 Asian Games [POC-PSC media pool photo]

He cited Article 11.2 of the Anti-Doping Rule of the International Olympic Committee that states under “Consequences for Team Sports” that:

“If more than two members of a team in a Team Sport is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation … the CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] Anti-Doping Division may impose an appropriate sanction on the team (e.g., loss of points, Disqualification from a Competition, Event or the Olympic Games Rio 2016, or other sanction) as provided in the applicable rules of the relevant International Federation, in addition to any consequences imposed upon the individual Athletes committing the antidoping rule violation.”

Brownlee is the second athlete on Team Philippines who tested positive for doping on their A Sample was taken during the Hangzhou Games.

Mountain bike cycling athlete Ariana Evangelista earlier returned an “Adverse Analytical Finding” after she was randomly tested ahead of her competition early in the games.

Both Brownlee and Evangelista are provisionally suspended until after the results of their B sample—are analyzed in their defense.

Brownlee has until October 19 to contest the result of his A Sample through appropriate procedures set by the IOC, ITA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Tolentino said that other teammates of Justin Brownlee have also been tested, as well as their final opponent Jordan, which also had one player failing the test.

“All Brownlee needs is to prove his innocence in contesting the result if he allows testing his B Sample,” Tolentino said.

A two-year suspension will be imposed if the B Sample also yields a positive result.

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