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Date
21 Mar 2002
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IOC News , Press Release

IOC Executive Board Decisions on the Two Pending Positive Doping Cases Detected at the Olympic WInter Games in Salt Lake City


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today announced its decisions concerning the two pending positive doping cases detected during the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The Executive Board made its decisions by vote by correspondence.





These decisions concern the following persons:
- Mr Vasily Pankov, athlete (Belarus), Men's Ice Hockey team
- Mr Evgeni Lositski, Doctor, NOC of Belarus
- Mr Alain Baxter, athlete (Great Britain), Men's Alpine Skiing, Slalom




There was no discussion about a new medal ceremony. This will be done at a later date with all the concerned parties.





The decisions are as follows:






INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE BOARD DECISION IN RE MR VASILY PANKOV, BORN ON 15 AUGUST 1968, ATHLETE (BELARUS), MEN'S ICE HOCKEY TEAM. (Rule 25.2.2.1 of the Olympic Charter)





1. The athlete played for the Belarusian team during the men's bronze medal ice hockey game against the Russian team on 23 February 2002 at the XIX Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002. He was selected at random to undergo a doping test after this game and he delivered a urine sample.





2. The acting Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission was informed around 14:00 hours on 25 February 2002 by the IOC Accredited Laboratory in Salt Lake City of an adverse finding on an A sample collected at the XIX Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002 - identified as being that of Mr. Vasily Pankov - after the men's ice hockey bronze medal game on 23 February 2002.







3. Pursuant to the Bye-Laws to the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code, an Inquiry Commission was set up consisting of the following persons:





- Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman)
- Mr Fabio Pigozzi
- Mr Yves Larequi





4. The Inquiry Commission held an investigative hearing on 15 March 2002 at 17:00 hours, at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, in the presence of a delegation (hereinafter "the Delegation (I)") comprised of:

- Mr Vasily Pankov, Athlete
- Mr Nikolai Ananiev, Vice-President, NOC of the Republic of Belarus
- Mr Anatoli Ivanov, Secretary General, NOC of the Republic of Belarus
- Mr Evgeni Lositski, Doctor in Chief of Medical Centre





5. The Delegation (I) was informed of the results of the laboratory analysis which, according to the report of the Inquiry Commission, are the following:





The analysis of the A and B samples from Mr Vasily Pankov indicated the presence of 19-norandrosterone in the athlete's urine. This result had been confirmed by Prof. Don Catlin, Head of the IOC Accredited Laboratory.





6. The Inquiry Commission, after hearing the Delegation (I), made the following conclusions:




"6.1 The sample analysis clearly indicates that a prohibited substance was contained in Vasily Pankov's body when he played the bronze medal game.
6.2 No argument brought by the athlete or his delegation can cast any doubt upon the result of the laboratory's finding. Whether the athlete is responsible or not for the presence of the substance is irrelevant at this stage.
6.3 The Inquiry Commission therefore concludes that it is a doping case according to Chapter II, Articles 2.2 and 3.3 of the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code.
6.4 Inquiry Commission suggests to the Disciplinary Commission to consider starting a procedure against Dr Evgeni Lositski to determine whether he has committed an infringement to the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code."




7. Prior to the hearing of the Disciplinary Commission, a copy of the Report of the Inquiry Commission, including the "Summary of the Hearing between the Inquiry Commission and representatives of the Belarusian NOC", was provided to the Delegation (I and D).





8. The President of the IOC designated the following five members of the IOC Executive Board to act as members of the Disciplinary Commission:

- Mr Thomas Bach (Chairman)
- Ms Gunilla Lindberg
- Mr Sergei Bubka
- Mr Lambis W. Nikolaou
- Mr Toni Khoury





9. The Disciplinary Commission subsequently held a hearing on 16 March 2002 at 09:00 hours, at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, in the presence of a delegation (hereinafter "the Delegation (D)") comprised of:

- Mr Vasily Pankov, Athlete
- Mr Nikolai Ananiev, Vice-President, NOC of the Republic of Belarus
- Mr Anatoli Ivanov, Secretary General, NOC of the Republic of Belarus
- Mr Evgeni Lositski, Doctor in Chief of Medical Centre





10. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was represented at the Disciplinary Commission hearing by Mr Jan-Ake Edvinsson, IIHF General Secretary.





11. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was represented at
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