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Date
29 Jun 2003
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IOC News , Press Release

IOC Announces Annulment of the Results of Larissa Lazutina from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games and Amends Results Accordingly


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced its decision to annul the results of Ms Larissa Lazutina from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.  This decision follows a series of legal decisions and appeals (details below), beginning on 3rd June 2002 with the Council of the International Ski Federation (FIS) stating that Ms Lazutina was not eligible to compete at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games due to her having been found guilty of a doping offence prior to such Olympic Winter Games. This decision was subsequently upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and has now been upheld by the Swiss Federal Court. The IOC is therefore today announcing the annulment of Ms Lazutina’s results.
 
The following decisions have been taken by the IOC Executive Board: -
 
  • To annul all results obtained by Ms Lazutina upon the occasion of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, namely in cross-country skiing for the women’s events of: -
    • 15 km Free Mass Start (2nd place)
    • 5 km Free Pursuit (2nd place)
    • 10 km Classical (4th place)
  • To request the Russian Olympic Committee to obtain the corresponding medals and diplomas from Ms Lazutina and return them to the IOC
  • To amend the results for the above-noted events at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games as per above, and re-distribute the medals and diplomas accordingly.
 
The revised results are listed in the attached documents and confirm that
  • Beckie Scott of Canada will receive the silver medal and Katerina Neumannova, Czech Republic will receive the bronze medal in the Women’s 5km Free Pursuit
  • Katerina Neumannova, Czech Republic will receive the silver and Julija Tchepalova, Russia, will receive the bronze medal in the Women’s 15 km Free Mass Start.
 
BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO THE IOC’s DECISION
 
  • By decision dated 3rd June 2002, the Council of the International Ski Federation (FIS) held that Ms Lazutina was not eligible to compete at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games due to her having been found guilty of a doping offence prior to such Olympic Winter Games.  Specifically, Lazutina tested positive at in-competition doping controls in Cogne, Italy, on 8th December 2001, and Ramsau, Austria on 22nd December 2001 for Darbepoietin, also referred to as Aranesp or NESP.  The Council decided to suspend the athlete for two years as from 8th December 2001, until and including 7th December 2003 and to annul all results she obtained since 8th December 2001 during the 2001/2002 season. The athlete would therefore not have been eligible to be entered for or participate in the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
 
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld this FIS Council decision. 
 
  • Ms Lazutina, based mainly on her argument that CAS was not an independent body, appealed the CAS decision.  The Swiss Federal Court not only rejected the appeals, but in particular, confirmed that the CAS offered all the guarantees of independence and impartiality needed to be regarded as a real court of arbitration, whose awards are comparable to the judgments of a state court.
 
  • Pursuant to the decision taken by the IOC Executive Board in Salt Lake City on 24th February 2002, Ms Lazutina had already been disqualified from the 30 km Classical cross-country event. Her medal and diploma have been recuperated by the IOC and the medals and diplomas for this event have been re-distributed accordingly.
 
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For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department on:
Tel: +41 216 216 111, Fax: +41 216 216 351, Email: pressoffice@olympic.org or visit our website at www.olympic.org
 
Contact details during the IOC Executive Board meeting and 115th IOC Session in Prague, Sunday 29th June to Friday 4th July are:  Emmanuelle Moreau tel: +420736500760 and Sandrine Chappuis tel +420736500756
 
 
XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, 2002
Annulment of the results of Larissa LAZUTINA
 
 
Women’s 5 km Free Pursuit
 
Results BEFORE annulment            Results AFTER annulment
   
1-       DANILOVA Olga  (RUS)             1 - DANILOVA Olga (RUS)
2-       LAZUTINA Larissa (RUS)        2 - SCOTT Beckie (CAN)
3-       SCOTT Beckie (CAN)                 3 - NEUMANNOVA Katerina (CZE)
4-       NEUMANNOVA Katerina (CZE)     4 -  BAUER Viola (GER)
5-       BAUER Viola (GER)                    5 - TCHEPALOVA Julija (RUS)
6-       TCHEPALOVA Julija (RUS)         6 - GAVRILJUK Nina (RUS)
7-       GAVRILJUK Nina (RUS)              7 - SKARI Bente (NOR)
8-   SKARI Bente (NOR)                        8 - MAJDIC Petra (SLO)

Women’s 10 km Classical 

Results BEFORE annulment            Results AFTER annulment
   
1 - SKARI Bente (NOR)                        1 - SKARI Bente (NOR)
2 - DANILOVA Olga (RUS)                   2 - DANILOVA Olga (RUS)
3 - TCHEPALOVA Julija (RUS)             3 - TCHEPALOVA Julija (RUS)
4 - LAZUTINA Larissa (RUS)            4 - BELMONDO Stefania (ITA)
5 - BELMONDO Stefania (ITA)             5 - SCOTT  Beckie (CAN)
6 - SCOTT Beckie (CAN)                     6 - EGOROVA Ljubov (RUS)
7 - EGOROVA Ljubov (RUS)               7 - PEDERSEN Hilde G (NOR)
8 - PEDERSEN Hilde G (NOR)               8 - SALONEN Satu (FIN)

 Women’s 15 km free Mass Start








Results BEFORE annulment
            Results AFTER annulment

   
1 - BELMONDO Stefania (ITA)             1 - BELMONDO Stefania (ITA)
2 - LAZUTINA Larissa (RUS)            2 - NEUMANNOVA Katerina (CZE)
3 - NEUMANNOVA Katerina (CZE)      3 - TCHEPALOVA Julija (RUS)
4 - TCHEPALOVA Julija (RUS)             4 - VARIS Kaisa (FIN)              
5 - VARIS Kaisa (FIN)                          5 - NAGEJKINA Swetlana (BLR)
6 - NAGEJKINA Swetlana (BLR)         6 - PARUZZI Gabriella (ITA)       
7 - PARUZZI Gabriella (ITA)                7 - SMIGUN Kristina (EST)
8 - SMIGUN Kristina (EST)                   8 - PHILIPPOT Karine (FRA)
       
PRAGUE, 29 June 2003

 

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