Artículo científico publicado por el departamento de control de dopaje de la AEPSAD en colaboración con la Universidad Camilo José Cela. Se presenta un estudio de caso de una intoxicación intencional contra el equipo nacional español de hockey hierba que resultó en su inelegibilidad para los Juegos Olímpicos de verano de 2008. Los eventos ocurrieron durante el torneo preolímpico clasificatorio celebrado en Azerbaiyán. El equipo español ganó el partido final del torneo contra el equipo anfitrión y obtuvo la clasificación para los Juegos Olímpicos.
Current doping trends overshadow the traditional interpretation of using prohibited performance‐enhancing drugs to improve training and/or sports results. Its definition has evolved due to several recent cases of unconventional manipulation in sports. In this article, we present a case study of an intentional intoxication against the Spanish National Field Hockey team that resulted in its ineligibility for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The events occurred during the pre‐qualifying Olympic tournament held in Azerbaijan. The Spanish team won the final match of the tournament against the hosting team and gained qualification for the Olympic Games. One month later, the International Hockey Federation (IHF) reported that two players of the Spanish National Hockey Team had tested positive for MDMA and would subsequently disqualify the Spanish National team from the tournament. The Spanish Hockey Federation then started an appeal process to demonstrate (1) contamination through team's hotel air ventilation and (2) tampering of a urine sample. This process ended with the IHF's final ruling that overturned the sanctions imposed on the Spanish National Team. This manuscript not only outlines a deliberate case to exclude a team from the Olympic Games, but also a federation's difficult efforts to prove an intentional intoxication that resulted in adverse findings.