IOC sanctions discus thrower Robert Fazekas for anti-doping rules violation
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that discus thrower Robert Fazekas from Hungary has been excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 for an anti-doping rules violation.
Robert Fazekas, 29, refused on 23 August to provide a complete urine sample after the men's discus throw final where he placed first. According to Article 2.3 of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 'refusing, or failing without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection after notification' is an anti-doping rule violation. The IOC Executive Board, after hearing the report of the Disciplinary Commission, this evening decided that Robert Fazekas
- is disqualified from the men’s discus throw event, where he had placed first;
- is not awarded a gold medal or diploma;
- is excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004; and
- shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card withdrawn.
- The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is requested to modify the results of the above-noted event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
- This decision shall enter into force immediately.
Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 30 July to 29 August. Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests pre and post events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top four athletes plus two at random.
So far, 2015 tests have been performed out of the 3000 tests that the IOC is expected to conduct throughout the period of the Games.
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