Matthew Zammit suspended for two years

Friday, August 27, 2010, 14:06

FINA, the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming, has issued its official verdict on the doping case involving Matthew Zammit.

Zammit has been suspended for 2 years, confirming sportinmalta.com’s exclusive initial report on the 7th June 2010 that the violation carried a 2 year ban.

FINA’s statement, which was published on their website, concluded by saying that “All costs of this case shall be borne by the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta”.

On the 22nd June 2010 Zammit had been provisionally suspended by FINA, therefore the player is eligible to play again as from the 22nd June 2012. Matthew Zammit had earlier been provisionally suspended by the ASA and also by San Giljan.

FINA’s latest statement is being quoted below:

FINA Doping Panel Decision – Matthew Zammit (MLT)

On May 1st, 2010, a water polo player Matthew Zammit (MLT) was tested positive to the substance Stanozolol (Class S.1 Anabolic Agent) following a doping control test conducted with the occasion of the Men’s Qualification Tournament for the 2010 European Water Polo Championships.

The FINA Doping Panel held a hearing on August 20th, 2010 in Lausanne (SUI) in regard to this case. The FINA Doping Panel found that the athlete committed fault and negligence by taking allegedly unknown pills from personal trainer. In the light of the strict liability of the athlete, the FINA Doping Panel has decided that Mr. Matthew Zammit (MLT) shall be ineligible for two (2) years after the violation of the FINA Rules DC 2.1 starting from the date of the provisional suspension that is June 22nd, 2010.

All costs of this case shall be borne by the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta in accordance with DC 12.2.

Related stories:

Maltese international tests positive in doping test

San Giljan’s reaction to Matthew Zammit’s failed dope test

FINA reports presence of stanozolol in Matthew Zammit’s doping test





17 Comments

  1. polo says:

    arnold..kemm ma tahmlux lil matthew ajd

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  2. Nettuno says:

    This is not good for Maltese waterpolo. I am a neptunes follower, but still I am sure that MZ i sorry for making such a stupid mistake. Bil malti najdu min jikria joaqod alija. pacenzja Matt, Mohhok emm ghax xorta tigi lura. Good luck.

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  3. admiral says:

    wow what a hell of asa we have with remy damato there. mind u he is a very organised personn but pple say he is hitl….is that tru ? is it tru that he wanted afric ? is it tru that dott austin is just a figure head and all asa issues are dealt by remy ?

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  4. waterpolo says:

    kienet ovja hux biex austin sammut jider helu hux

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    parent-supporter Reply:

    PLAY…. STOP…. REWIND….. PLAY….. STOP…… REWIND……. KOLLOX TORT TA’ AUSTIN…….

    ALLA JBIEREK INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSION TORT TA’ AUSTIN UKOLL.

    GET A LIFE GUYS

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    waterpolo Reply:

    min jaf ghala neptunes jaqbsu ghal austin ghadulna ghala?kemm sa jehel matthew bonello issa?

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    parent-supporter Reply:

    imma che centra austin sammut f’dan il-kaz?

    do you understand plain english? i seriously suspect you dont!

    QUOTE : “FINA Doping Panel held a hearing on 20th August 2010 in Luasanne……… The FINA Doping Panel found that the athlete committed fault and negiligence by taking allegedly unknown pills from trainer. In the light of the strict liability of the athlete, the FINA Doping Panel has decided that Mr Matthew Zammit (MLT) shall be ineligible for two (2) years after the violation of the FINA Rules DC2.1 starting from date of provisional suspension that is 22nd June 2010 UNQUOTE
    Matthew Zammit committed a ‘crime’ under the auspices of FINA and was penalised for his actions.

    if Matthew Bonello is found to have committed a ‘crime’ under the auspices of ASA of Malta, then let the same said board take it decisions. WATERPOLO, you are no expert in the internal affairs of the Board, so let all be, hu parir minghand steve siehbek stess. LET THE COMPETITENT PEOPLE TAKE THE DECISION.

    waterpolo Reply:

    parent sopporter adilna kem sa jehel matthew bonello talli ghedded lil segretarju ta asa,m,in jaf ghala taqbsu ghal austin sammut neptunes?biex tgawdu jew,ghalmuna neptunes kemm jafu jitilfu ta ghax gheddew nies anki lil referee baghat kliem ta tgheddid joe attard coach ta neptunes,ha naraw kemm ha jehlu ,ghax dawk nies min kollox jamlu biex jerbhu ta,ejja ghallimna inti kelimna b ingliz ta pepe kollok hehe

    waterpolo Reply:

    issa next year supporters ta neptunes ma tinzlux pitch taghna intkom min fuq taraw loghba,issa jamilkom la jidhol lura matthew lil neptunes ta

    Rooney Reply:

    Kemm ghadek lura!

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    parent-supporter Reply:

    run along WATERPOLO or shoudl i call you JB? kif ghalek rooney, veru ghadek lura u mohh ma pisella, ghax ghalik bniedem li iktar jisieba facli jesprimi ruhu bl-inglisz pepe……..

    you have a chip on yr should the size of malta and gozo put together,

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    steve Reply:

    ta neptunes qedin fuq quddiem biex jgheddu nies ibda mi president taghom expert fuq din haga ehhee

  5. FACT says:

    steve remy qallek li jista jilghab xorta wahda

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    waterpolo Reply:

    le remy qal li qed jircievi kliem ta thedid mant neptunes hehehehe,jidhol jilghab tibzax ta fact serah rasek

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  6. george cross says:

    Justice has been served

    I hope that Matthew will follow the road to recovery, but most importantly I hope that San Giljan won’t blame the ASA, Austin Sammut or FINA for this mess!

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    Lex Reply:

    Matthew has no road to recovery to follow, he will keep on training hard as he always did and he will be back stronger than ever.

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  7. arnold says:

    justice done. well done fina. asa cash now pls – arnold

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