LAUSANNE, Switzerland – official release — Simon Cudby photo —
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced they are upholding the suspension of American supercross and motocross racer James Stewart.
In a decision first issued by the FIM International Disciplinary Court (FIM IDC) on Dec. 12 of last year, Stewart was handed a 16-month suspension from Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) following a positive drug test during the Seattle (Wash.) Supercross event last year. Stewart tested positive for previously-prescribed Adderall, and received a waiver to use it in competition following the positive test result.
Stewart sought the annulment of his suspension, or at least a reduction in the period of ineligibility, as well as the reinstatement of the results obtained after the date of his positive test. He argued that his positive test was a ‘paperwork violation’ only as it stemmed from his failure to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate for medication he was taking and that he had not sought at any time to cheat or gain unfair advantage.
The FIM defended its decision and demonstrated Mr Stewart’s obligation to abide by the FIM Anti-Doping Code.
The CAS Panel agreed with the FIM IDC’s finding that the rider had committed an anti-doping rule infraction and confirmed its decision to impose a 16-month period of ineligibility on the rider.
As such, Stewart will remain banned from competition through August 11.