4th February 2015

IAAF: Zaripova & Chernova decisions illustrate ‘robustness’ of anti-doping rules

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has said that the sanctions issued to Yuliya Zaripova and Tatyana Chernova (pictured) by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) last week illustrate the ‘robustness’ of the IAAF anti-doping programme. ‘The case of Yuliya Zaripova was based upon irregularities in her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) profile constituted and built up by the IAAF’, read a statement. ‘Tatyana Chernova tested positive as a result of a re-analysis ordered by the IAAF’.

Last week, RUSADA banned Zaripova for two years and six months under Article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Code (use of a prohibited substance or method) from 25 July 2013. The RUSADA decision also annulled her results from 20 June until 20 August 2011, and from 3 July to 3 September 2012. Chernova was suspended for two years from 22 July 2013, and her results have been annulled from 15 August 2009 to 14 August 2011.

Both sanctions came about as a result of the IAAF’s re-testing of samples from major championships, as did the sanctions RUSADA issued regarding five Russian race walkers last month. Five athletes have been sanctioned and one case is still pending following the 2013 retesting of samples from the 2005 Helsinki World Championships.

The IAAF added that it has yet to receive the reasoned decisions from RUSADA regarding the sanctions issued to Zaripova, Chernova and the five Russian race walkers. Once it receives them, the IAAF Doping Review Board will judge whether the decisions comply with IAAF anti-doping rules. It will have 45 days from receipt of the reasoned decisions to lodge any appeal.

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