IOC to Begin Doping Control Investigations on 15-16 March
No Final Decision Expected Until Following Week
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (12 March 2002) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold hearings on 15 and 16 March in Lausanne to inquire into the circumstances surrounding two samples taken during the last days of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games that contain elevated levels of prohibited substances: one, methamphetamine, the other, nandrolone.
The hearings are designed to ascertain the facts of the cases and to recommend what sanctions should be imposed, if any, to the Executive Board, which will take the final decisions on these cases on a date yet to be determined.
In the event doping offences are established, the IOC Executive Board will make the facts of the cases and its decisions public at the completion of the process, after it has notified the athletes, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and International Federations (IFs) concerned.
Until that time and according to policy, the IOC will not discuss the ongoing procedure.
Please note that while the IOC provides working facilities to the media during its Executive Board meetings, because these hearings are interim steps in a confidential process, no access to the lobby and no working facilities will be provided for the media.
The Inquiry Commission (IC), chaired by a member of the IOC Juridical Commission and composed of two members of the IOC Medical Commission, will first meet to determine whether the athletes in question breached the provisions of the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code. During its hearing, the IC will give the athletes and their representatives an opportunity to present their defense either orally or in writing. Others, such as the head of the laboratory, an IF representative, etc., may also be called to participate by the IC as its deems necessary.
After the hearing, the IC will determine its recommendation, which will be passed on to the Disciplinary Commission.
Based on this report, the Disciplinary Commission (DC), composed of five members of the IOC Executive Board, will then hold its own hearing to determine what sanction to recommend to the full Executive Board. During its hearing, the DC will give the athletes the opportunity to give their views on the report established by the IC.
The Executive Board will convene at a later date, in person or by mail, to take the final decisions.