13th February 2019

AIU publishes CAS decisions to sanction 12 Russians

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has published the 12 decisions to sanction Russian athletes announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week. The decisions are based on adverse analytical findings (AAFs) following the retesting of samples by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), due to the findings of Richard McLaren in his two Independent Person (IP) Reports for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Eleven of the 12 decisions (list below) can be accessed on the AIU’s internet site by clicking here. The AIU said that the decision regarding Anna Bulgakova would be published at a later date.

McLaren found that the Russian State operated a system to protect doped athletes involving a ‘washout schedule’, which involved pre-competition testing to determine if an athlete would test clean. The results of an initial testing procedure (ITP) were recorded on a list maintained by the Russians, whilst the samples were automatically reported as negative in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) operated by WADA.

Prior to the 2013 Moscow IAAF World Championships, McLaren found that this system evolved to use containers other than the official numbered BEREG-KIT bottles used to store samples, in order to reduce the risk of discovery that the sample would not match the ADAMS entry. From then on, other containers such as soft drink bottles were used, but the ‘washout schedule’ still recorded which athletes were subject to this procedure. 

It is this evidence, which includes the substances and amounts taken by the athletes, on which the 12 ADRVs are based. In many of the cases, the athletes concerned argued that McLaren’s evidence is flawed, as it relies upon the evidence of a single witness, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Director of the Moscow Laboratory who supplied the information to McLaren. In some cases, the athletes fail to make submissions.

The AIU’s internet site indicates that all of the cases are appealable. The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has already said that it is taking legal advice regarding the 12 decisions, on the basis of which the athletes will make a decision about whether to appeal. The 12 athletes have 21 days from 1 February in which to launch any appeal.

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