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Date
26 Aug 2004
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IOC News , Press Release

IOC sanctions Olena Olefirenko and Zoltan Kovacs for violating anti-doping rules


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that rower Olena Olefirenko from Ukraine and weightlifter Zoltan Kovacs from Hungary have committed anti-doping rules violations at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004.




Olena Olefirenko, 26, tested positive on 22 August for Ethamivan, a prohibited stimulant, after placing third in the Women's quadruple sculls event. During the hearing, the Disciplinary Commission noted that, on the Doping Control Official Record filled out by the athlete at the time of the collection, one of the medications declared by the athlete, Instenon, contains the prohibited substance, Ethamivan, found in her urine. The delegation declared that the medications were given to the athlete by the team doctor Ganna Gryshchenko. The IOC has a policy of strict liability with respect to disqualification from the event in which she participated.




Women’s quadruple sculls is not a Team Sport, as defined in the IOC Anti-Doping Rules. Article 10.1 of the Rules, last sentence reads as follows : “In sports which are not Team Sports but where awards are given to teams, disqualification or other disciplinary action against the team when one or more team members have committed an anti-doping rule violation shall be as provided in the applicable rules of the relevant International Federation.” According to Bye-law 11 of the FISA Anti-Doping Rules, if a member of a crew is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation, the whole crew shall be disqualified from the competition.




After having heard the report of the Disciplinary Commission, the IOC Executive Board this morning decided:




- that, due to the adverse analytical finding in the urine of the athlete Ms Olena Olefirenko, the Ukraine team (women’s quad sculls final A) be disqualified from the Women’s quadruple sculls event, in which they had placed third (Olena Olefirenko, Olena Morozova, Tetyana Kolesnikova and Yana Dementyeva);

- that all bronze medals and diplomas be withdrawn from the above-noted athletes;

- that the International Rowing Federation be requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence;

- that the Ukraine Olympic Committee be ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the medals and diplomas awarded to the athletes in relation to the above-noted event;

- that the International Rowing Federation consider possible action against Ms Ganna Gryshchenko;

- that the Ukraine Olympic Committee consider possible action against Ms Ganna Gryshchenko;

- that the IOC reserves the right to open a new procedure in front of the IOC with respect to any participation of Ms Ganna Gryshchenko in the 2006 or 2008 Olympic Games; and

- This decision shall enter into force immediately.




Zoltan Kovacs, 27, refused on 23 August to provide a urine sample after competing in the men's 105kg weightlifting event, from which he retired due to an injury. 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.




Having heard the report by the Disciplinary Commission, the IOC Executive Board decided that Zoltan Kovacs:




- is disqualified from the men’s 105kg weightlifting 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 Weightlifting Federation (IWF) 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.
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