Profile: Sandro Donati

Sandro Donati (photo Nils Nyholm/Play the Game)

Sandro Donati (photo Nils Nyholm/Play the Game)

ANTI-DOPING EXPERT Sandro Donati, the man who busted the 80s drug scene in Italian football, has seen some dramatic changes take place thanks to his perseverance, both nationally and internationally writes Gary Barnes.

With a degree in the science of coaching gained in France, Donati went on to work for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). He was fired in 1987 after revealing cases of doping and corruption in Italian sport. He was rehired by CONI in 1992 as head of research and development, and was president of the Italian Technical Association of Athletics from 1990 to 1992.

He again found EPO drug abuse in cycling, and forced the president of CONI to leave after another scandal in 1998.

Today, Donati is a consultant to the minister of social affairs of Italy, a well respected doping expert and seen as one of the main figures behind the fight against doping in sport.

Donati received the Play the Game award in 2007 for his efforts against corruption and doping in sport.

A full report on Donati’s presentation at Play the Game follows shortly


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