The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has disqualified Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London for an anti-doping rule violation.
Almouhamad, 23, provided a urine sample on 3 August 2012 in London that indicated the presence of methylhexaneamine. The analysis of the B sample confirmed the results of the A sample.
The athlete competed in the women’s 400m hurdles event on 5 August and placed eighth in the second heat of the first round.
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach (Chairman), Denis Oswald and Frank Fredericks, decided:
I. The Athlete, Ms Ghfran Almouhamad, Syrian Arab Republic, Athletics:
(i) is disqualified from the women’s 400m hurdles event of the 2012 London Olympic Games where she placed 8th in the 2nd heat of the 1st round; and
(ii) shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled and withdrawn immediately.
II. The International Association of Athletics Federations is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
III. The Syrian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
IV. This decision shall enter into force immediately.
Read the full decision here.
Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2012 London Olympic Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 16 July (date of the opening of the Olympic Village) to 12 August 2012. Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests before and after events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top five finishers plus two at random. The IOC also performs out-of-competition unannounced tests. Over the course of the London Games, the IOC is expected to carry out some 5,000 tests - 3,800 urine and 1,200 blood. For more information, please consult the IOC factsheet on anti-doping.
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