Andrea Barbotti and L’udovit Czokoly Address CrossFit Sanctions

Days after CrossFit announced that five athletes from the Meridian Regional failed drug tests, Andrea Barbotti and L’udovit Czokoly publicly addressed their sanctions. Both athletes talk about medical issues leading up to the competition in their Instagram posts.

Andrea Barbotti finished 20th in the Meridian Regional and tested positive for clomiphene. “I ended up hiring in June and was worth it, despite the disqualification I’d do it again. I think there are priorities in life and health is at first place. The only 3 people who should be informed about that, already knew it,” Barbotti said on Instagram. He continues, “Despite I had the right stuff for present a TUE and I pay for my negligence, I would like to point out how far is our sport from most doctors in Italy, how much they think it’s all a joke.”

Just few things add to the photo, there was been intense weeks of mail exchange with CrossFit. I appreciate zero tolerance, surely it ‘s the only modus operandi admirable. If in doubt, however give a sanction, is the method to avoid elusive strategies Personally I think it’s ok, I started new project 3 month ago, athlete or trainer, not both. I ended up hiring in June and was worth it, despite the disqualification I’d do it again. I think there are priorities in life and health is at first place. The only 3 people who should be informed about that, already knew it. Finally this story has been ended. I just want to say two things, constructive and absolutely not controversial, because performance or not, in any case I was wrong. And every man should take his responsability. Despite I had the right stuff for present a TUE and I pay for my negligence, I would like to point out how far is our sport from most doctors in Italy, how much they think it’s all a joke. For example, after I contracted respiratory problems in April, a pneumologist prescribed me 4 drugs, 2 of that contained substances present in the banned list, although I had explained to him the situation. The second thing I would say, always for constructive purpose, is that people who have failed the test in the past 2 years, many of them disqualified for taking contaminated supplements and any other for drugs that probably could be used in PCT, but perhaps not surely… Taked alone, they can’t boost performance. Less than half for steroids or substances that can really improving performance. On the other hand, On-Competition tests are easy to circumvent, just know the time detection. The positive notes are that I’m going being include on the pool list to be tested out-of-competition whenever and wherever. *that issue is closed – CHIEDO SCUSA A TUTTI. Non chiedetemi nulla perché l’argomento è chiuso ed ho spiegato tutto qui*

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L’udovit Czokoly also addressed the doping violation on Instagram. Czokoly placed 30th at the Meridian Regional. “Injuries are the nightmare of every athlete and I injured my shoulder during the Carpathian Games, just months before Regionals, which is every CrossFitter’s dream. Desperate times bring desperate choices and I did everything not to miss this lifetime opportunity despite of these injuries,” Czokoly said on social media. He continued, “I made a mistake… whether intentionally or not doesn’t matter anymore. Everyone is responsible for his own deeds and I will have more than enough time to think about my choices and the price I had to pay for them.”

Zivot mi za posledne obdobie priniesol vela skusok, niektore som zvladol uspesne, niektore menej a niektore vobec. Zranenia su nocna mora kazdeho sportovca a ja som si zranil rameno na Carpathian Games, 2 mesiace pred Regionalkami. Sen kazdeho Crossfitera je dostat sa prave na tuto sutaz a ja som to v ziadnom pripade nechcel vynechat. Prave preto zufale casy priniesli zufale rozhodnutia a robil som vsetko pre to, aby som tuto prilezitost nepremeskal aj napriek tymto zraneniam. Pochybil som… ci zamerne alebo neumyselne je uz teraz jedno. Clovek musi niest zodpovednost za svoje ciny a ja budem mat dost casu, aby som sa zamyslel nad svojimi rozhodnutiami a na cene, ktoru som zaplatil. Ospravedlnujem sa vsetkym, ktorych som sklamal a dakujem vsetkym co stoja pri mne, znamena to pre mna velmi vela. Dufam, ze este dostanem sancu dokazat to po com ako clovek tuzim. In the past few months life has brought me many challenges. I was strong enough to handle some of them, other not so well and there are few which I failed. Injuries are the nightmare of every athlete and I injured my shoulder during the Carpathian Games, just months before Regionals, which is every CrossFitter’s dream. Desperate times bring desperate choices and I did everything not to miss this lifetime opportunity despite of these injuries. I made a mistake… whether intentionally or not doesn’t matter anymore. Everyone is responsible for his own deeds and I will have more than enough time to think about my choices and the price I had to pay for them. I’d like to apologize to everyone I let down and thank every single person that stand by me, it means the world to me. I sincerely hope that life will give me a chance to prove what my heart desires.

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