The Spanish Anti-Doping Agency has not penalized athletes caught doping for 5 years.
This is reported by the Spanish portal Relevo.
From 2017 to 2022, the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (CELAD) used various methods to avoid disciplinary proceedings against Spanish athletes after positive doping tests.
One of these methods was to send case opening documents by mail rather than online. Athletes did not receive the notification in time and then filed a complaint with the Sports Tribunal and had their case archived due to the violation of the notification deadline.
In some cases, the anti-doping investigation simply did not begin. For example, track and field athlete Patrick Chinedu Ike tested positive for three banned substances. Information about this appeared in the online system of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but the investigation was not launched, and Ike continued to compete.
It is noted that athletes may have been granted therapeutic exemptions on illegal grounds.
Also, CELAD may have used public funds to conceal information about positive samples of athletes. For example, the company controlling the tests took samples through a single contractor, which is prohibited by Spanish law.