FISA announces disqualification of the Russian men’s quadruple sculls

The World Rowing Federation, FISA, advises that the Russian men’s quadruple sculls is to be disqualified due to a doping violation.

On 17 May 2016, rower Sergej Fedorovtsev provided a urine sample at an out-of-competition test conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. Fedorovtsev was a member of the Russian men’s quadruple sculls that qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta on 24 May 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

On 16 June 2016, the analysis of this urine sample indicated a positive result for the prohibited substance Trimetazidine which is a substance listed in Section 4 of the banned substance list in the category Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, paragraph 5, metabolic modulators. He was suspended provisionally on this date.

On 30 June 2016, the B sample was opened in the presence of the rower and the subsequent analysis confirmed the result of the A sample. Therefore it is considered that an anti-doping rule violation has taken place.

In accordance with Article 10.8 of the World Anti-Doping Code (listed below), the results of all competitions in which the rower participated after 17 May 2016 are therefore automatically disqualified.

Article 10.8 Disqualification of Results in Competitions:
Subsequent to Sample Collection or Commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
in addition to the automatic disqualification of the results in the Competition which produced the positive Sample under Article 9, all other competitive results of the athlete obtained from the date a positive Sample was collected (whether In-Competition or out-of-Competition), or other anti-doping rule violation  occurred,  through the  commencement  of   any   Provisional   Suspension or Ineligibility period, shall, unless fairness requires otherwise, be disqualified with all of the resulting Consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
The Olympic qualification place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games earned by the Russian men’s quadruple sculls on 24 May 2016 is hereby withdrawn and the FISA Executive Committee has decided that the New Zealand men’s quadruple sculls, which was placed 3rd, is hereby attributed this Olympic qualification quota spot.

As outlined in its Anti-Doping Bye Laws, FISA follows the World Anti-Doping Code’s procedure for testing, notification and the hearing of all doping cases. FISA considers the right of each person to be heard before the determination of an ineligibility period to be a fundamental right of process. Any doping case involving rowers and other persons under FISA’s jurisdiction shall be determined by reference to and in accordance with Article 7 of the World Anti-Doping Code. FISA’s Anti-Doping Bye-Laws can be found here: http://www.worldrowing.com/mm//Document/General/General/11/81/20/Website_Revised2015FISAAntiDopingBye-Laws181214CLEAN_Neutral.pdf

The fight against doping and protecting the integrity of rowing and its athletes are top priorities for FISA which has spearheaded the implementation of doping controls as well as other important anti-doping measures. For more information on FISA’s anti-doping initiatives, click here: http://www.worldrowing.com/mm//Document/General/General/12/39/81/HistoryofFISAandAnti-doping30November2015_Neutral.pdf

Questions relating to this case should be directed to info@fisa.org.

Original Article appeared at http://www.worldrowing.com/news/fisa-announces-disqualification-the-russian-men-quadruple-sculls

Tom Morgan

Previous editor of Row360, publisher of Junior Rowing News, freelance writer for the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Vital Football and others. Student at the University of Southampton.

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