12th November 2021

Iranian athlete Nikoeimajd Mehran suspended four years for anti-doping rule violation

• Relevant sample collected out-of-competition from Para athlete prior to the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Iranian Para athletics athlete Nikoeimajd Mehran for a period of four years for committing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). The athlete was found to have committed an ADRV pursuant to IPC Anti-Doping Code Article 2.2 of the IF Rules: Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method.

A WADA-accredited laboratory reported an adverse analytical finding, under the Prohibited Method class M2 Chemical and Physical Manipulation for urine substitution. The relevant sample was collected out-of-competition from the athlete prior to the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. The independent Anti-Doping Tribunal found that the athlete was not able to adequately explain why his sample that was received at the lab was not consistent with urine.

As a result of his violation, Mehran will be ineligible for competition for four (4) years from 7 September 2020 to 6 September 2024. The results obtained by the Athlete from the date the Sample was collected will also be disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

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 has established the IPC Anti-Doping Code (Code) in compliance with the general principles of the WADC, including the WADC International Standards, expecting that, in the spirit of sport, it will lead the fight against doping in sport for athletes with an impairment.

• This media release was published by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on 12 November 2021. Click here for the original.

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