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13th September 2015
The European Olympic Committees (EOC) announced on 17 June that Rexhildo Zeneli of Albania has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under EOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Baku 2015 European Games, and has been suspended from participation at the Games. Mr Zeneli, a boxer from Albania, provided a urine sample on 13 June 2015 in association with his participation in the 2015 European Games held in Baku, as part of the EOC’s out-of-competition testing programme. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, for analysis. The sample was found to contain a Furosemide, which is a Prohibited Substance under section S5 (Diuretics and Masking Agents) of the 2015 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, and is therefore also prohibited under the EOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Baku 2015 European Games.
Mr Zeneli was therefore charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, and it was determined by the EOC Executive Committee on the recommendation of the EOC’s Committee for Legal, Eligibility, Disciplinary and Doping Matters that he is suspended from participation in the European Games. Mr Zeneli had not competed in the European Games at this time. Further anti-doping procedures will be conducted by the competent international organisations.
The Baku 2015 European Games Anti-Doping Programme has comprehensive, intelligent and robust anti-doping procedures that apply to all athletes competing at the European Games. The athletes are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the EOC Anti Doping Rules applicable to the Baku 2015 European Games.
• This media release was originally published by the European Olympic Committees on 17 June 2015. You can access the original by clicking here.
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