Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Argentinian judoka Jorge Lencina has been disqualified from the men’s judo -90kg and provisionally suspended for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation committed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Lencina returned an adverse analytical finding for clomiphene in a urine sample provided on 8 September in an out-of-competition test. This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under the category S4.3 Hormone and metabolic modulators and is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.
As a result of his violation, Lencina has had his seventh place finish in the men’s -90kg class from last Saturday (10 September) disqualified. His Rio 2016 accreditation has also been withdrawn and he has left the Paralympic Village. He has been provisionally suspended and the case transferred to the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA), the international federation for Para judo, to judge on the possible consequences after the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters. Therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.
As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.
• This media release was originally published on the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) internet site on 14 September 2016. To access the original, please click here.
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