Conditioning coach gets 12-year sanction for steroid administration

(Ottawa, Ontario – January 7, 2010) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Valerio Moscariello, a conditioning coach, has committed an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Moscariello received a 12-year sanction after admitting he administered steroids to Amanda Galle, a national-level boxing athlete who received a two-year sanction last April.

The CCES notified Mr. Moscariello of the anti-doping rule violation and informed him of his right to a hearing under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). Although he chose not to actively participate in the hearing, Mr. Moscariello admitted that he had mistakenly injected Ms. Galle with deca-durabolin, a steroid that he used personally. The arbitrator imposed a sanction of 12 years, stating that “while a lifetime of ineligibility is not mandatory in this case, Ms. Galle’s young age [warrants] a sanction at the high end of the permissible range.”

Mr. Moscariello works as a conditioning coach, personal trainer and nutritional consultant. His 12-year sanction means that he is ineligible to participate in any sport at any level and in any role. This prevents him from coaching, training or competing, and restricts competitive athletes from associating with him as a coach or trainer.

“The CCES has the responsibility to investigate any doping activity within the Canadian sport system, including athletes and their support personnel,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. “Lengthy bans of coaches and other sport support personnel can be an effective mechanism to eliminate such negative influences from the system. However, it’s up to all of us in the sport community to be aware of and enforce the bans within Canadian sport.”

The CCES is an independent, national, non-profit organization. Our mission, to foster ethical sport for all Canadians, is carried out through research, promotion, education, detection and deterrence, as well as through programs and partnerships with other organizations.


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