THE OFFICIAL FIM ANNOUNCEMENT ON STEWART’S PUNISHMENT
“On April 12, 2014, Mr. James Stewart, Jr. underwent an anti-doping test conducted by the FIM at the round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, held at the Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington. The urine sample obtained from Mr Stewart revealed the presence of a prohibited substance (amphetamine) listed in the category S6. Stimulant under a) Non-specified Stimulants and prohibited in competition under the FIM Anti-doping Code (CAD) in force.
“On 17 June, in accordance with Article 7.6.1 CAD, the FIM provisionally suspended Mr. Stewart with effect from June 20 pending the CDI’s decision adjudicating on the merits of the case. Since then, Mr. Stewart has been provisionally barred from participating in any competition. The case was referred to CDI and Mr. Anand Sashidharan of India was appointed by the Director of the International Commission of Judges (CJI) as CDI Single Judge to hear the case.
“In consideration of Article 8.1.1 CAD and Article 3.3.2 of the FIM Disciplinary and Arbitration Code, Mr. Stewart was heard by the CDI during a Hearing at the Best Western Hotel at Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland, on October 23, 2014.
“The CDI has now issued its decision. On the merits, the CDI found that it was undisputable that Mr Stewart had committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1 CAD which states in particular that “It is each Rider’s personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited substance enters his or her body”. The CDI further found that this was the first anti-doping rule violation recognized against Mr. Stewart.
THE APPROPRIATE SANCTION TO BE IMPOSED ON MR. STEWART WAS A PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY OF 16 MONTHS. THE CDI FURTHER RULED THAT THE PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY WOULD COMMENCE ON APRIL 12, 2014 (DATE OF THE COLLECTION OF THE SAMPLE). CONSEQUENTLY, THE PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY IMPOSED ON MR. JAMES STEWART WILL END ON AUGUST 11, 2015.
“Taking into consideration all the evidence adduced, the CDI considered that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr. Stewart had established how the prohibited substance had entered his body. Accordingly, the Judge was able to apply Article 10.5.2 of the CAD. Considering all the circumstances and having regard to Mr. Stewart’s degree of fault and negligence, the CDI Single Judge came to the conclusion that the appropriate sanction to be imposed on Mr. Stewart was a period of ineligibility of 16 months. The CDI further ruled that the period of ineligibility would commence on April 12, 2014 (date of the collection of the sample). Consequently, the period of ineligibility imposed on Mr. James Stewart will end on August 11, 2015 (at midnight).
“In accordance with Article 10.8 of the CAD, the CDI ruled that Mr, Stewart is disqualified from all competitions in which he participated (including the four rounds of the 2014 National Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series) subsequent to the collection of the sample (April 12, 2014) and all results he obtained in those competitions are cancelled with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. The FIM will therefore modify the rankings of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, accordingly.
“An appeal against the decision of the CDI may be lodged by the parties before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) within 21 days of the date of receipt of the CDI decision pursuant to Article 13.6 of the 2014 FIM Anti-Doping Code.
“The full reasoned decision was notified to Mr. Stewart on December 12, 2014 and will be published on the FIM website in due course.”