Ricky Garard is back

by Joaquín Meroño

The athlete suspended for doping Ricky Garard serves his sanction in 2022

Ricky Garard is back. At the end of the 2017 CrossFit Games, Australian competitor Ricky Garard was disqualified and removed from the podium in his third place after passing a positive test for PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs). He was subsequently banned from participating in upcoming games for four years.

Ricky Garard will now be able to return at the next CrossFit Games in 2022 because his suspension since it occurred in 2017 has been fulfilled.

Last year in 2020, he made his mark by issuing an unofficial challenge to five-time champion Mat Fraser through social media and he followed this challenge by publishing his times, along with his thoughts on that year's CrossFit Games.

In the challenge, Ricky Garard made it clear that he knew that his attempts could not be official, without the possibility of having a judge at his side recording the times. He also declared that he had an advantage, since he knew the scores of the other competitors before starting their particular events. Garard tried to imitate the official competition environment as time constraints and standards demanded, for two days. He stated that he would have finished fifth in the CrossFit Games standings after completing all events.

He went on to congratulate all the athletes competing in the 2020 Games, particularly the top five who made the cut and are heading to the Ranch to determine the "fittest" for 2020.

On the first day, Garard's unofficial times were 181 points, which resulted in 17th place, and on the second day, he accumulated 441 points, which would have qualified him for fifth place.

According to Ricky Garard's Instagram post, he was grateful for the opportunity to simulate the events. He believed this would help him prepare for the next games he would be qualified to participate in, which will occur in 2022. While he understands that he still has a lot of work and training to put in, he made it clear that he is excited for what is to come.

Would you let an athlete who tested positive for doping compete again?

It is an issue that provokes too much controversy. There are those who are in favor of allowing him to return to the arena if the sanction has been served, and many others who think that this substance with which he tested positive always remains in the body assimilating its benefits. And what would you do?

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