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16th March 2018
• The International Testing Agency (ITA) confirms that the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) Member Federation Independent Sanctioning Panel has imposed a one year suspension against the Romanian Weightlifting Federation as a consequence of numerous anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs).
Following its initial announcement about the referral of the case, the ITA has been informed by the IWF’s Member Federation Independent Sanctioning Panel (Independent Panel) that it has decided to impose a one-year suspension against the Federatia Romana de Haltere (FRH) as a consequence of multiple Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) committed by member athletes of the FRH. According to the IWF Anti-Doping Rules (ADR, Article 12), Member Federations can be suspended, fined and/or have other privileges withdrawn when the athletes, officials or athlete support personnel (ASP) of the Member Federation are found to have committed ADRVs.
The FRH’s case is grounded on five ADRVs that were committed in 2012 by five different Athletes. The five ADRVs were for the presence of anabolic steroids detected in the athletes’ samples. Four of the ADRVs were in fact from the four athletes representing the FRH at the Olympic Games London 2012, namely Florin Croitoru, Gabriel Sincraian, Razvan Martin and Roxana Cocos. The Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) were only reported in 2019 as part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) re-analysis program, carried out by the ITA.
After holding a hearing in the presence of the FRH and the ITA and reviewing the written submissions of the parties, the Independent Panel made the following findings:
• The FRH has committed a breach of Articles 12.3.1 and 12.4 of the IWF ADR;
• The FRH is suspended from participating in any activities for a period of one year, starting on the date of the decision (i.e. 15 June 2021). This suspension includes:
• The suspension can be conditionally lifted eight months after it was issued (i.e. on 15 February 2022), provided that the FRH fulfills the following criteria set out as a partial conditional reinstatement of its suspended rights:
The sanction imposed against the FRH is consistent with the so-called “Tbilisi Decision”, where in 2016, further to the re-analysis program of samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the IWF decided that Member Federations confirmed to have produced three or more ADRVs in the combined re-analysis program of the Beijing and London Games would be suspended for a one-year period. The Member Federations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine have been sanctioned in accordance with the Tbilisi decision in the past years.
The Independent Sanction Panel Decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ITA will not provide any further comments.
• This media release was published by the International Testing Agency (ITA) on 17 June 2021. Click here for the original.
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