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24 Aug 2004
IOC News , Press Release

IOC sanctions high jumper Aleksey Lesnichiy for failing anti-doping test

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that high jumper Aleksey Lesnichiy from Belarus has been excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 for failing an anti-doping test carried out by the IOC.


Aleksey Lesnichiy, 26, tested positive on 20 August for clenbuterol, an prohibited anabolic agent.

During the hearing of the Disciplinary Commission, the athlete stated that he had had a serious cough and had taken a cough syrup without having first consulted a doctor. He accepted that is was his fault for not having consulted a doctor and expressed his regret. The IOC has a policy of strict liability.


After having heard the report of the Disciplinary Commission, the IOC Executive Board decided that

Aleksey Lesnichiy -


-          is disqualified from the men’s high jump event;


-          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-          shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card withdrawn.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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