In this morning's Gazzetta dello Sport.
by Claudio Ghisalberti
"Via Col Doping" ("Away With Doping"): one arrest, 30 denounced
"Via col doping": Aleksandar Nikacevic finished in handcuffs yesterday, while for another 30, among whom 12 professionals, pharaceutical reps, 5 doctors, 3 DSs and a minority age swimmer formal accusations have been discharged. The charges range from writing perscriptions, commercializing, dispensing and usage and marketing of illegal doping products among which Cera, Epo, soatropina (GH), Igf, insulin, testosterone, various types of anabolic steroids, gonadotropina (Hcg), corticoids and other products such as viagra.
"Via col doping" is the code name for the sting operation coordinated by finacial police officer, Benedetto Roberti, of the Padova divison and put into action by the national Guardia della Finanza. What caused the investigation has been the full collaboration of cyclist Emanuele Sella after his positive result for Cera in 2008, for which he has been disqualified till August 18th. For the investigators, Nikacevic, a 31 year old Serbian and ex pro with Alessio and ex DS of his national team is the nodal point of the case. The most recent case Nikacevic would also be innvolved in, has been with a pro for which insulin has been found hidden beneath his hotel bed where he was staying just prior to the Italian National Championship race this past June 28th. Nikacevic's arrest confirms that the Serbian path, of which much has been spoken about recently, is indeed a hot one.
Among the pro's involved are Davide Rebellin, Matteo Priamo, Andrea Moletta, Marco Ghiselli, David Munoz, Daniele Ricci, Armado Camelo, Amerigo Novembrini, Sasa Gajicic and Francesco Rivera, while the thre DSs accused are Simone Mori (Amica Chips-Aeronautica Militare) who would have had a supplier's role, donato Giuliani (Nazionale Elettronica) and Radolfo Massi (Team Massi) who was allready involved with the Festina case at the 98 Tour. But others of less note also had important roles. Dusan Ganic, for example, constituted along with Nikacevic, the spinal column of the system. Paolo Bonin was the liaison between Nikacevic and Matteo Priamo and Emanuele Sella. Luigino Miotti, ex DS of Filmop, was the source who furnished Andrea Moletta, stopped during last year's Giro by his team Gerolsteiner because during the event his father along with Miotti himself were stopped in their car in whcih was sequestered an enormous quantity of viagra. For the supplier of Cera to Davide Rebillin, silver medalist at the Bejing Olympics, a medic from Padova (E. L.) has rather been indicated, who has allready been associated with other doping investigations.
There is also a video, the fruit of hidden camera data on location carried out in the actual studio of this medic, in which is seen a minority age female swimmer on a regional team placed under a intraveinus transfussion called ozonoterapia (a blood enrichment therapy through autologus transfussion) while her father sat in the waiting room thumbing through a newspaper.
Another noteworthy find in the investigation has been "Furia," a cicloamatore who furnished every type of doping product given to him by Stefano Ingegneri to amatuer cyclists for their Sunday races.
My conclusions: all second rate squadre even cicloamatori. A mere mole hill in a mountain range. It's like big time tax evaders in this country who get away with murder, while the peons trying to make it to the end of the month and hide some of their earnings get screwed by th investigators.