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IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping tests

IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping tests

04/08/2012

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it had excluded Russian athlete Victoria Baranova (cycling-track, women's sprint) and provisionally suspended Colombian athlete Diego Palomeque Echavarria (athletics, men's 400m) from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London.

Baranova provided a urine sample on 24 July in Ratomka, Belarus, that tested positive for the prohibited substance testosterone of exogenous origin.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach (Chairman), Denis Oswald and Frank Fredericks, decided:

I.          The athlete Mrs Victoria Baranova, Russian Federation, Cycling Track:

(i)         is excluded from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012; 

(ii)        shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately cancelled and withdrawn.

II.          The Athlete’s file shall be transmitted to the International Cycling Union, which is requested to consider any further action within its own competence. 

III.         The NOC of the Russian Federation and LOCOG shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

IV.         This decision shall enter into force immediately.

Read the full decision here. 

In the case of Palomeque Echavarria, who was scheduled to compete this morning, the athlete provided a urine sample on 26 July in London that tested positive for testosterone of exogenous origin.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach (Chairman), Denis Oswald and Frank Fredericks, decided:

I.          The athlete, Mr Diego Palomeque Echavarria, Colombia, Athletics, is provisionally suspended from competing in the Games of the XXX Olympiad, with immediate effect.

II.          Upon receipt of the results of the B Sample analysis, a final decision will be pronounced by the Disciplinary Commission. 

III.         The International Association of Athletics Federations, the NOC of Colombia and LOCOG 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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